May 10, 2017

Editorial: Is $15 worth the fight?

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Will a $15 per hour minimum wage keep the dollars -- and jobs -- flowing?

The origins of the movement for a $15 minimum wage, the Fight for $15, began with a one-day strike in November 2012 by fast-food workers in New York City.

After years of high-profile victories such as in Seattle, California and New York City, the movement is either becoming an international phenomenon or in its death throes depending on your point of view.

The Massachusetts Legislature is considering raising the state’s minimum wage to $15. House bill No. 2365, sponsored by Worcester Rep. Daniel M. Donahue, and Senate bill No. 1004 seek an escalation of the minimum wage to $15 by 2021.

Locally, Councilor at-large Khrystian E. King proposed a resolution calling for the City Council to support the Legislature’s efforts to raise the minimum wage to $15. The Council passed the resolution last night by a vote of 8-3.


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