Workers rally for $15 hourly wage

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SAN DIEGO — Fast-food restaurant employees, security guards and other workers took to the streets Wednesday to strike and rally in their effort to gain a $15-an-hour wage.

Organizers with Service Employees International Union-United Service Workers West said adjunct professors, home care workers, Walmart employees and others will join the job actions.

Tax day was chosen because many of the workers make so little money that they rely on government assistance to get by, according to the SEIU-USWW.

Strikes and rallies are set to take place in 200 U.S. cities.

In San Diego, security officers started demonstrating at 11 a.m. outside the Symphony Tower at 750 B St.

Other job actions took place at 7 a.m. at a McDonald’s restaurant at 2345 El Cajon Blvd.; at 8:30 a.m, at a Sonic Drive-in, 2829 El Cajon Blvd.; at noon at the State Building, 1350 Front St.; and at 1:30 p.m. at the City Heights/Weingart Library, 3795 Fairmount Ave.

Two afternoon events are scheduled to take place at San Diego State University.

At 3:30 p.m., home care workers will rally on Campanile Mall, between the Music Building and Open Air Theatre. At 4:30 p.m., a rally will be held for all types of workers on the Scripps Lawn near Hepner Hall.

Fast-food workers began calling for hourly pay of $15 more than two years ago in New York City. Since then, a minimum wage of $15 an hour has been adopted in cities like Portland, San Francisco and Seattle.

In San Diego, an effort to enact a minimum wage of $11.50 was derailed when business groups collected enough petition signatures to force the issue to the ballot. A public vote is likely next year.

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6 comments

  • And this is news?

    Awesome! Guess we will have to redefine a dead end job. There is upward mobility anywhere now. Now about that ISIS camp discovered 8 miles south of the border in mexico..Do you think the federales will actually do something?

  • liam

    Why don’t we protest the government to stop printing more mone so we can rein in inflation? Or how about we cut military spending by about 1 trillion dollars a year? Or, now this one sounds crazy, stop giving billions of dollars in fraudulent tax returns to people scamming us from overseas? You can not raise the minimum wage without the price of everything increasing making it a lost cause.

    • Death Spiral

      Liam,
      Your heart is in the right place and there is nothing you can do to stop the insanity. If you haven’t figured part B out then you are way behind the game. The only way to have is to have not. More than a little money in the bank is a bad thing. A good investment against inflation and for now taxes is long term low interest rate personal debt, specifically very long term sub 4% interest rate affordable debt like a house or something else that benefits you personally. The debt ceiling is going to raise every year and inflation is going to continue to eat your savings let someone else’s money take the hit. Things will get worse before it gets better we are in a national debt bubble(part B). Get over it get used to it and use it to your advantage. Now these are my personal views so don’t take my word for it or my views as a suggestion. DO your own research you might come to the same conclusion and start prepping for what is to come.

  • Richard Rider

    Don’t be conned by the “strikers.” Only a tiny fraction of them are actually ON STRIKE.

    Most don’t “flip hamburgers” at all — but are rather union members from other industries (often paid to attend), coupled with the usual cabal of left wing activists. The few that DO flip hamburgers are usually not skipping work (a.k.a. “on strike”) — they are off work on their own time. It’s likely that not more than 1 out of 100 such “strikers” are honest-to-Goodness “on strike.”

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