The fight to re-balance our economy and raise the minimum wage has become part of a growing Latino and immigrant movement to be recognized as crucial contributors of America’s economy and democracy.
Nearly 45% of Latinos are employed in low wage jobs. In fact, among all ethnic groups, Latinos still hold the highest concentration of workers in the lowest-paying industries – service being number 1.
What started with fast-food workers has now become a national movement in which homecare, child care and airport workers have all joined.
Nobody who works 40 hours a week should live in poverty. That’s why the Fight for $15 is so important. Millions of people working minimum wage jobs would be able to support themselves and their families on one job if the federal minimum wage were lifted to $15 an hour.
The federal minimum wage is at $7.25 and has not been lifted since 2009 – that’s 6 years ago! Meanwhile, everything else from housing to food is getting more expensive as the years go by.
It’s time our leaders stood up for minimum wage just like some citiesplaces like Los Angeles and New York City have done for workers.