Following President-Elect Donald Trump’s unprecedented win on election night, protests have been non-stop across the U.S. Now, tens of thousands of low-wage workers will protest next Tuesday in 340 cities for the increase of the minimum wage to $15 an hour. They claim it will be the “largest, most disruptive protest ever.”
The number and variety of these protesting workers range considerably. From bag handlers at the Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) to workers at McDonald’s restaurants, the large scale protest will coincide with the fourth anniversary for the fight to raise wages. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Newark International Airport (EWR), and about 20 other airports in major cities are expected to be protested as well.
“Just because the election went a certain way, doesn’t mean we’re going away,” said Kendall Fells, organizing director of the “Fight for $15” movement. “It’s the exact opposite.” According to Fells, Raising the minimum wage is a “winning issue.”
“On Election Day, even as Donald Trump won, ballot initiatives to raise the minimum wage passed in all five states,” he said. The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, however it is unknown if Trump is likely to change that number.
Janitors, cooks, home care workers, child care providers, teachers and graduate assistants are expected to be amongst the variety of workers to protest this coming Tuesday.
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