In this article from the Chicagoist, workers and protesters demanded that the minimum wage be raise to a living wage level of $15/hour. As reported below, 21 people were arrested but sympathy among even the arresting cops existed as quoted in the story.
We need more of this action, more everywhere across the country as people are pressed to work for less than what is required to survive. Contrary to popular opinion and even apparently the opinion of some unions, “protecting the middle class” is not what unions are all about; they also must be about raising living standards for everyone.
The people who serve the middle class — the people who work on weekends, holidays and nights, who turn their hotel sheets, who smile and say “Thank you come again” because if they don’t they’ll get fired all serve many who already make a living wage, who enjoy the protections that unions brought them.
It is in the interest of all Americans to raise the living standard for everyone so that everyone can live a decent life and participate in the economy in a productive and meaningful way.
Read the full story here: 21 Protesters Arrested at Mag Mile Demonstration for Raising the Minimum Wage
The cops seem a bit more sympathetic than the ones we’ve got.
The term we use in Canada that once described the middle-class is now called the “working poor”! Unfortunately, it seems that most people was to pay less for goods and services at Walmart and not provide jobs and decent wages! Very sad! -Izzie J