The idea that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay is fundamental to the labor movement, and the $15 minimum wage is a watershed moment in the struggle for workers’ rights.
Our members and allies in the LA Raise the Wage Coalition fought for a year to pass the most comprehensive policy in the nation, with local enforcement and paid sick days, in addition to the $15 an hour minimum wage. We knocked on doors, organized online, and marched on the halls of power.
When we started the campaign, we were told it was too ambitious and unrealistic. But what we knew was that hundreds of thousands of Angelenos were working full-time while living in poverty, and we urgently needed to do something to confront that madness.
So we put our heads down and fought and gathered more than 100,000 signatures, engaged economic experts, and elevated the stories of real, hardworking women and men.
Together, we helped alter the trajectory of our city and made it much easier for California to pass a statewide $15 minimum wage.