For months I've been reading tweets about the Fight for $15 campaign in the United States. While it seems to be gaining traction now, it actually began in 2012 when two hundred fast-food workers walked off the job in New York City to demand $15 an hour, as well as union rights. The initiative has spread across the States and around the world. Amongst those affected by low wages are fast-food workers, home health aides, child care teachers, airport workers, adjunct professors, retail employees – and underpaid workers everywhere.
Many of the tweets are about the unfair wages at McDonald’s, a corporation which makes billions of dollars yet pays employees so poorly that many employees in the US must rely on forms of social assistance to get by. On the Fight for $15 website it says "We can’t feed our families, pay our bills, or even keep a roof over our heads on minimum wage pay." Some states have brought legal action against employers who pay meager wages because it puts pressure on governments to make up the shortfall. In Canada the movement is Fifteen and Fairness -- more Canadian sounding?