A movement that began in 2012 with 200 fast-food workers protesting in midtown reached an apex on Wednesday, as cities across the globe held rallies to push for higher wages and more benefits for low-income workers.
Since its smallish beginnings, the so-called Fight for $15 has expanded to include not only fast-food workers but also carpenters, construction workers, and home-care aides, among others. On Wednesday, a mishmash of unions and organizations gathered in groups citywide to call for a minimum wage of $15 per hour. It's a fight that is especially pronounced in New York City, where median rental prices have gone up a whopping 75 percent since 2000 — while median incomes have declined. (The minimum wage in New York State is $8.75 an hour.)More »