The Fight for Fifteen

Staff Reporter - Riley Madsen

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The Fight for Fifteen

Fight for Fifteen

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Fight for Fifteen


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Only twenty-one U.S. States still follow the federal minimum wage of $7.25 and hour. Sadly, the state of Texas is one of them. Many states have plans to up the official state minimum wage to $15/hour in the next couple of years. The #FightFor15 movement began in 2012 when over 200 fast-food employees walked off their job site demanding a raise to $15 an hour. On fightfor15.org, the “About Us” page claims, “We are fast-food workers, home health aides, child care teachers, airport workers, adjunct professors, retail employees – and underpaid workers everywhere.” The movement has already earned raises in wages for 22 million people nationwide, and the number continues to grow.

A poll from thehill.tv reflects that 55% of voters support upping the minimum wage to $15 and hour. Texas’ very own State Representative, Ron Reynolds, filed House Bill 194, which attempts to follow the $15/hour movement. On January 22nd, Reynolds said in a press release, “Raising the minimum wage in Texas to $15.00 an hour will put more money into the pockets of hard-working Texans and is a critical step in creating an economy that works for everyone, not just the wealthy few.”

Increasing minimum wage could be the first step in improving working conditions for all employees, and even though Texas hasn’t jumped on board just yet, we are lucky to have a state representative making waves for his citizens.

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