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#FightFor15 Marches Through Downtown Boston on Labor Day

While most Bostonians spent their Labor Day enjoying the last few moments of summer, a crowd of people gathered at the Boston Common and marched through downtown Monday afternoon to show their support of the  Fight for 15 movement.

Fight for 15 is a grassroots movement that calls for workers nationwide to earn at least $15 an hour and unionize without fear of backlash. The Fight for 15 activists in Massachusetts joined the movement that took place in hundreds of other U.S. cities today, on the same day President Obama was in town to speak at the Greater Boston Labor Council Labor Day Breakfast.

The Massachusetts Legislature passed a law raising the state’s minimum wage from $8 per hour to $9 per hour starting January 1, 2015, with minimum wage reaching $11 per hour by 2017.

These activists demand more.

According to the Fight For 15 website, the activists demand higher pay as they are struggling to pay bills and put food on the table.

“Fast food workers are coming together all over the country to fight for $15 an hour and the right to form a union without retaliation. We work for corporations that are making tremendous profits, but do not pay employees enough to support our families and to cover basic needs like food, health care, rent and transportation. Too many of us are forced to rely on public assistance to scrape by.

These are billion-dollar companies that can afford to pay their employees better. Low-wage jobs are the fastest growing jobs in the nation, and they need to pay more so that workers like us can make ends meet, and rebuild the middle class and get the economy working again.”

From #FightFor15’s About Us page.

Below are several live tweets from earlier Monday covering the march.

Kyla Burke is a staff writer and editor of The Week’s End. Follow her on Twitter at @kkb_ .

Posted by on September 7, 2015. Filed under Around Boston,Around Campus. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.