Essay on The Fight For $ 15

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“Fight for $15.” This is what workers and supporters across the country, including Milwaukee, chanted on Thursday, April 14th demanding for an increase in the minimum wage (Baillon). Workers had gotten word of the recent victories in California and New York, where the cost of living is considerably more than normal, thus joining together in Milwaukee for a call to raise the wage to $15. The “Fight for $15” supporters abandoned their jobs and marched from the Washington Park Senior Center to the McDonald’s at 35th and Juneau. Dian Palmer, president of SEIU Healthcare WI, said “This tries to lift people out of poverty – and we have to start somewhere” (Baillon). This is only one of the many rallies that had taken place in the last few years, demanding that it is a so-called injustice to have the minimum wage set at $7.25 an hour.
From the National Employment Law Project, they found that the public support for the $15 an hour by 2020 was around 63% of Americans (“Minimum Wage”). So if there’s an approval from many of the citizens, why hasn’t there been a law passed through Congress or even Wisconsin’s legislation? President Franklin Roosevelt had first enacted minimum wage law during the Great Depression to help keep workers out of severe poverty, and ever since then the government has regularly updated the amount for a minimum standard of living. As of now, the minimum wage in Wisconsin stands at $7.25 per hour, which is the mandated amount set by the federal…

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