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 stories 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, said: “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.”
- 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.