Low-wage workers plan walkouts, rallies; Uber drivers to join demonstrations

The four-year-old Fight for $15 movement has planned protests, walkouts and strikes Tuesday at hundreds of work locations around the country, including three large rallies in Kansas City.

The nationwide movement includes fast-food workers, home care aides, airport baggage handlers and other low-wage employees. Hundreds of drivers for ride-hailing company Uber also are expected to join the protests.

Thousands of fast-food workers at McDonald’s and other national restaurant chains were scheduled to walk out beginning at 6 a.m. Protest rallies are planned for noon at about 20 airports around the country, with planned walkouts by baggage handlers, cabin cleaners, janitors and wheelchair attendants.

Since the Fight for $15 campaign started in 2012, movement organizers estimate that about 22 million low-wage workers have received raises, either by companies voluntarily increasing pay, through collective bargaining, or because cities or states raised their minimum wages.

Nationally, the federal minimum wage remains $7.25 an hour, where it has been since 2009. Some states, like Missouri, have adopted higher minimum wages with cost-of-living escalators. In Missouri, the state minimum moves to $7.70 on Jan. 1, 2017.

Read more: Kansas City Star, St. Louis Post-Dispatch


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