May 2nd, 2015
The fight to raise the minimum wage to $15 has already had an
enormous impact on American politics. It hasn’t been reflected in
national legislation, of course. With Congress in the hands of
flat-earthers, the federal minimum wage is still stuck at less than half
that—$7.25, the level it reached in 2009, as a result of legislation
passed in 2007.
But what first registered as a surprising anomaly—a one-day strike
in New York City involving just over 100 workers on Black Friday, Nov.
29, 2012—has come to serve as a focal point for articulating demands for
a dignified living wage, not just for fast-food workers, but for
everyone who works for a living. What began as a movement of those
holding “McJobs” is now brimming over with new participants making the
point that virtually all jobs nowadays are, or at least can be,
McJobs—even the latest to join in with demonstrations held on April 15:
adjunct college professors.