It’s been a historic year for the Fight For 15 in LA and across the country. Tens of thousands of Angelenos have been in the streets for $15 and union rights. We had our biggest strikes yet, and they worked. We won the biggest $15 minimum wage for all workers in the country. In 2015, we put over 700,000 LA county workers on the path to $15.
We’ve built our movement and fought for racial justice. Northern California had a major victory and we’ll keep fighting in LA until politicians and the public understand that racial justice and economic justice are parallel issues.
It doesn’t just stop here in California. Since the start of our campaign, more than 11 million workers have gotten raises. That’s what happens when workers and the community organize. Still, over 64 million workers make under $15. We’re going to make it clear that in 2016, we vote. If politicians want to win, they have to come and get our vote.
Not only are we winning in the United States, but we’re pressuring McDonald’s globally. After I went to New Zealand, Unite Union negotiated with McDonald’s to end exploitative contracts. Next year, we’re continuing that momentum around the world. I hope you’ll be there with me.
LA McDonald’s worker