Joint event with Center for Worker Justice, Iowa City Federation and SEIU Iowa.
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I’m wrapping up the day at a fantastic rally on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley. Here’s a photo.
Tens of thousands of people finished this amazing day at rallies like this. The crowds were gigantic across the country.
Here’s one look at New York.
Chicago also produced incredible turnout.
1199/UHE home care workers and healthcare workers showed up big. Home care workers turned out in big numbers across the country.
Students came out.
Child care workers joined in.
Adjunct faculty were on the march.
Airport workers made their voices heard.
Check FightFor15.org for more photos of how large the rallies and strikes got.
Here are a few other highlights that stood out to me.
Charlene Carruthers, national director of Black Youth 100, shared in a video: “It’s a fight for the dignity of workers. It’s a fight for workers to be able to collectively bargain. It’s a fight for workers to actually be in safe environments where their issues and their grievances can be heard.”
In New York, a die-in led by workers and #BlackLivesMatter activists closed down a McDonald’s at 71st and Broadway.
Elected officials from across the country spoke out to support the fight to raise wages:
Sen. Elizabeth Warren: “Raising the minimum wage is about economics, but it’s also about our values. Nobody who works full time should live in poverty. #FightFor15”
Mayor Bill de Blasio: “Our City will continue to #FightFor15 because the minimum wage must keep up with the cost of living.”
Sen. Al Franken: “I believe that if you work hard, and take responsibility, you should be able to put a roof over your head and provide a decent life for your children.”
Sen. Tammy Baldwin: “This #TaxDay & #Fightfor15 day, let’s join together to fight for paid sick days, tax cuts & better benefits for middle class workers.”
Sen. Chris Murphy: “All people who work for a living deserve to make enough to afford basic needs.”
Rep. Mark Takano: “Historic strikes TODAY. I’m for $15 and union rights. With me? RT and see the latest action.”
In Oakland, former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich spoke with McDonald’s workers, calling the Fight for $15 a “fight for the soul of America” and “America’s next civil rights movement.”
I believe that this day was among the proudest days in the history of SEIU. I’ll be in touch soon with more details about what we accomplished together.
I know we’re all tired after a long and inspiring day. Thanks for your leadership and your hard work.