$15 An Hour

Posted August 29, 2013
By Clay Cerny

Is a big change coming?  Fast food workers struck today in 60 cities.  They are calling for a raise from wages as low as $7.25-$8 per hour to $15, a living wage.  While the issue most often cited in the media is hourly pay rate, workers are also protesting work schedules that vary in hours per week.  Most importantly, they are calling for the right to join together in a union, just as the super rich join together to achieve their interests in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce or ALEC.

Is their request for $15 an hour unrealistic?  Writing in Daily Kos, Laura Clawson points out that the minimum wage in 1963 was $2 per hour.  Adjusted for inflation, that wage now would range between $13.39-$15.27.  Over the last 30 years, the poorest working people have worked hard with less security while falling farther behind.  Three cheers to the fast food workers for standing up.  May many more low wage workers stand up and demand what is right.