The War on Wages and the Fight for $15


Undeterred by ‘Flawed’ Study of Seattle’s Pay Increases, Minneapolis Approves $15 Wage

June 30, 2017

Economic Policy Institute’s Ben Zippered and small business owner Andrew Buerger discuss the overwhelming data that shows minimum wage increases don’t hurt employment, and why uplifting workers also has broader benefits

Earning Minimum Wage Puts Affordable Housing Out of Reach

June 14, 2017

Glen Ford of Black Agenda Report discusses a National Low Income Housing Coalition report that finds affordable housing is next to impossible for U.S. workers earning minimum wage

Portland Becomes First City to Tax Corporations that Pay CEOs 100 Times More than Workers

December 14, 2016

Portland commissioner Steve Novick joins the Real News for a live discussion of the measure he championed that fights inequality by taxing the 1%

Fight for $15 Launches First Major Action Since Trump Victory

November 30, 2016

Baltimore workers, struggling to make ends meet, call on the city to raise the minimum wage

Don’t Celebrate Just Yet: Median Household Income In a 20-Year Decline

September 16, 2016

Recent statistics from the US Census Bureau show improvement from 2014-2015, but in reality, wages are in a real decline and no mechanisms have been put in place to prevent another crash, says economist Richard Wolff

Nearly 10,000 Current and Former Chipotle Workers Join Wage Theft Class Action Suit

August 31, 2016

Chipotle has one of the worst ratios of top management salaries to the average crew member wage, says Kent Williams, who is the lead attorney on this class action suit

Baltimore City Council Sends $15 Minimum Wage Measure Back to Committee

August 16, 2016

Disability advocates demanded revised language to protect blind workers

The #FightFor15 Heads For Round Two on Monday’s Baltimore City Council Vote

August 13, 2016

Ricarra Jones of SEIU: Some councilmembers have forgotten that they previously voiced support for a $15 hourly wage

Baltimore City Council Advances Historic $15 Minimum Wage Bill

August 8, 2016

TRNN speaks to opponents and advocates of a measure that would raise the minimum wage in Baltimore to $15/hr by 2022

Poll: Most Americans Believe the Economy is Rigged Against Them

July 1, 2016

Economist Gerald Epstein says U.S. workers are beginning to realize that their hardship is due to underlying workings of corporations, the banks, and neoliberal economic policies that are against their interest

CA and NY Workers to Earn $15 Minimum Wage, Will US Economy Suffer?

April 5, 2016

PERI economist Jeanette Wicks-Lim debunks myths that raising the minimum wage will lead to job loss and higher prices for consumers

How Seattle Uber Drivers Won the Right to Unionize

December 18, 2015

Teamsters’ Leonard Smith explains how drivers pushed for a bill that grants them collective bargaining power for higher wages since some full-time drivers only earn $3 an hour

Low-Wage Workers to Target Republican Debate in Milwaukee

November 9, 2015

15 Now’s Ty Moore explains why fast-food workers and supporters are striking nationwide on Tuesday, and also discusses the impact of a phased-in $15 minimum wage in Seattle and the recent reelection of socialist councilwoman Kshama Sawant

$15 minimum Wage Without Job Loss

October 26, 2015

Jeannette Wicks-Lim, says that the fast-food industry could absorb the increase in its overall wage bill without resorting to cuts in their employment levels

Economists Join the Fight For $15!

July 27, 2015

PERI Economist Bob Pollin talks about his new co-authored petition calling on economists to support an increase of the federal minimum wage to $15 by 2020.

This Year, Tax Day Is Minimum Wage Day

April 16, 2015

Low-wage workers across the nation came out and demanded a $15 an hour living wage. TRNN’s Thomas Hedges spoke to protesters in the nation’s capitol about the day of action.

Fast Food Workers Gear Up for Nationwide Strike for $15

April 14, 2015

PERI co-director Robert Pollin says the living-wage movement is building momentum as hundreds of thousands are expected to rally on Wednesday

Walmart Wage Raise a Win For Workers, Yet Falls Short of Their Demands

February 20, 2015

Liza Featherstone, author of “Selling Women Short: The Landmark Battle for Workers’ Rights at Wal-Mart” says the concessions to workers was forged by years of worker-led struggle and direct action

Baltimore Sinai Hospital Workers Demand Affordable Medical Coverage and Better Wages

February 13, 2015

TRNN speaks to members of 1199 United Healthcare Workers East