WHAT: Workers in the Fight for $15 and a Union are going to Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s Town Hall to ask candidate what she’ll do to ensure Unions for All
WHEN: Friday, April 26, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
WHERE: Franklin Junior High, 4801 Franklin Ave., Des Moines, IA
MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Contact Jim McNeill, 202-213-1614, to conduct interviews with workers before, during or after event.
DES MOINES — Workers in the Fight for $15 and a Union have been fanning out to presidential candidate events across Iowa, and they’ll be at Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s town hall in Des Moines on Friday.
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.