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“Fight for Fifteen”—in Wichita—will be part of demonstration to raise $minimum

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Wichita, Kansas has its own local “Fight for Fifteen” (raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour) activist who plan to hold a demonstration, this Thursday, Dec. 5, outside the McDonald's at 17th and Hillside, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Nation-wide, groups across the country are pushing to raise the minimum wage to a livable wage, now believed to be $15 per hour.
“Are you a fast food worker in the Wichita area?” said Mike Shatz, one of the activist involved in the event. “We will be articulating our demand in conjunction with a national day of action in the Fight for Fifteen, a campaign to raise our wage to $15/hr.”
Several cities across the country will be holding similar types of events.
Seattle, Washington;
The Huffington Post reported;
“Venture capitalist Nick Hanauer said there's no time to waste. What the nation needs is money in the hands of regular consumers. "A higher minimum wage is a very simple and elegant solution to the death spiral of falling demand that is the signature feature of our economy," he said.
Some businesses advocates say a higher minimum wage will make it harder for companies in Seattle to survive. They cite Wal-Mart, which has all but refused to accept a Washington, D.C., decision to raise the minimum wage to $12.50 an hour in big box stores.
A higher minimum wage eliminates low wage jobs because that's how small businesses cut costs and that ends up hurting the people it was supposed to benefit, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce”.

The article also gave statistic: More than 15 million workers earn the national minimum wage. They make about $15,080 a year which is $50 below the federal poverty line for a family of two.
Chicago, Illinois;
This city has a “Fight for 15” organization with its own web site, which states;
“We are risking our jobs as we continue to stand up and say ENOUGH. And we need everyone who supports us to join us. It’s time to give every worker a chance to survive and thrive – and strengthen Chicago’s economy.”
Wisconsin workers are joining the "Fight for Fifteen" – according to PRWatch. Three cities in Wisconsin were among 58 across the United States where thousands of low-wage fast-food workers walked off their jobs to demand a living wage, safe working conditions, and the right to unionize, Such a demonstration was coordinated on August 29.
The usual arguments are being made that such a raise will close small businesses or caused them to fire workers. These arguments are almost always made by large corporations such as Wal-Mart, who usually make such arguments. The US pays more people in the service industries such as fast food and bargain mega marts such as Wal-Mart.
But the minimum wage has not been raised in years while inflation has gone up. There are already too few jobs so most of those arguments just don’t hold water during a time when the economy that is stuck and stagnating.



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