The organizer behind the “Fight for $15” global movement, an effort which demands a $15 per hour minimum wage for low-wage workers, is anything but underpaid as a labor union activist–he makes a six-figure income!
The Fight for $15 website reads:
We are fast-food workers, home health aides, child care teachers, airport workers, adjunct professors, retail employees – and underpaid workers everywhere.
McDonald’s and low-wage employers everywhere are making billions of dollars in profit and pushing off costs onto taxpayers, while leaving people like us – the people who do the real work – struggling to survive. We can’t feed our families, pay our bills, or even keep a roof over our heads on minimum wage pay.
Protesters gathered outside of McDonald’s headquarters in Chicago Tuesday for the “March on McDonald’s,” organized by Kendall Fells. When asked by a group of researchers with conservative nonprofit America Rising Squared whether he was paid to attend the demonstration, Fells replied: “No I’m not.”
According to The Daily Caller, Fells was compensated more than $146,000 in 2016 from the leftists Service Employees International Union (SEIU), as evident by documents SEIU filed with the Department of Labor.
Fells served as SEIU’s “deputy organizing director” and is currently “on loan” to the “Fight for $15” campaign from SEIU, Fox Business reported Wednesday.
He later refused to answer further questions and was hesitant to discuss any details about his earnings. At one point, he placed his hand in front of the reporters’ cameras and asked them not to record him, says the report.
The Fight for $15 movement, which emerged in late 2012 from a New York gathering of fast-food workers and SEIU organizers, influenced both California and New York in taking measures to implement a $15-an-hour minimum, with several other states reportedly following suit.
Watch a video of Fells telling America Rising Squared he wasn’t paid to attend the Fight for $15 March:
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