Beacon Transcript – The Fight for $15 advocates are asking for a national protest this Tuesday, on November 29 as their claims for a minimum wage of $15 an hour are now joined by other demands and participants.
Tuesday, November 29 may be a difficult day for the nation as low-wage workers’ advocates are asking for a nationwide walkout.
The campaign wishes that any interested worker may walk out and join the protest in the hopes for a better payment system and working conditions.
As the campaign is expected to be carried out in 340 cities and towns throughout the country, Fight for $15 supporters are expected to organize marches, demonstrations, or protests.
One of the oldest and most important campaign demands is centered around a better payment.
The campaign organizers are hoping for better wages, which would be initiated by a raising of the minimum per hour payment.
As the current sum, which has remained the same for these past 7 years, is of just $7.25 per hour, advocates are hoping for an initial raise of up to $15 an hour.
The campaign’s tone has also changed when compared to previous years and calls for action. Its organizers are asking and encouraging the participants to make a stand, as they do matter.
Fight for $15 representatives have declared that they will not back down and will do all they can to block any potential social injustices.
According to them, these may include blocked wage increases, a change in the workers’ healthcare or general rights.
As opposed to previous years, this national protest day is expected to attract more working categories.
Besides the previously expected fast food and retail industry workers, which have been the usual participants, new category representatives are expected.
These may include Uber and possibly other ride-sharing drivers as well as various airport personnel. Some of the questioned Uber drivers have declared that they will be protesting against the current payment system.
According to them, the drivers consider that the on-demand car service is offering a bare minimum or an even lower than that wage.
Airport personnel is also expected to join the protests as various other air transport strike have been initiated lately.
One of the latest such movements saw an air company’s pilots protesting against their working conditions.
Most such workers claim to be subjected to too many hours of work that are not paid or reimbursed. In most cases, this overtime is also a breach of their work contracts as its terms are not respected and the worker is also underpaid.
According to the Fight for $15 organizers, the day’s manifestations will be seeking to draw attention to residents that get paid bellow this sum.
With the number being approximated at around 64 million, it includes airport, fast food, home and child care, and higher education workers, to name just a few.
These social categories will be asking for their rights at a $15 per hour wage through manifestations, strikes, demonstrations, and various other acts considered civil disobedience.
As the airport personnel will be joining in the campaign, the national air travel is expected to be facing some drawbacks.
However, the protestors have stated that the post-Thanksgiving Day period was chosen so as to encumber the least number of passengers.
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