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As Biden begins campaigning, Iowa workers plan to ask about Fight for $15 and a Union

May 1, 2019

SEIU and Fight for $15 activists continue to make sure that workers' issues remain at the top of every presidential candidates' agenda.

WHAT: Workers in the Fight for $15 and a Union are going to candidate Joe Biden’s Cedar Rapids and Des Moines events and will be available for interviews.

TUESDAY CEDAR RAPIDS EVENT: Tuesday, April 30, 11:30 a.m. CDT; Veterans Memorial Building, 50 2nd Avenue Bridge, Cedar Rapids

WEDNESDAY DES MOINES EVENT: Wednesday, May 1, 5:30 p.m. CDT; River Center, 340 SW 3rd St., Des Moines

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Contact Jim McNeill, 202-213-1614, to conduct interviews with workers before, during or after both events.

CEDAR RAPIDS — As former Vice President Joe Biden kicks off his campaign in Iowa, workers in the Fight for $15 and a Union will be attending his events in Cedar Rapids and Des Moines.

The workers aren’t currently working with or endorsing any presidential candidate. They are attending events to ask candidates what they will do to ensure that all workers, no matter where they work, have the opportunity to join a union.

A union activist at the University of Iowa asked Sen. Kamala Harris that question at an April 10 town hall in Iowa City. The packed crowd erupted in applause when the union question was asked, and Harris gave a lengthy response. (Click here for video of Iowa Faculty Forward member Packy Moran’s question and Sen. Harris’ response.)

The Fight for $15 and a Union began in 2012. Since then, five states have passed laws raising their minimum wage to $15 an hour, big companies like Target and Costco have adopted $15, and roughly 24 million workers have won more than $70 billion in raises. In Iowa, the Fight for $15 and a Union is active in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids.