Think Progress

The Fight For 15 Movement Clinches A Victory In The Nation’s Capital

On Tuesday, the Washington, D.C. city council voted unanimously in favor of a bill that would raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 by 2020 — a bill that Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) says she’ll sign into law. That makes the nation’s capital the latest place to embrace the wage floor that has been championed by a growing movement of fast food and other low-wage workers.

In 2012, fast food workers in New York City went on strike for the first time ever, demanding they be paid at least $15 an hour and also given the right to form a union. Since then, they have staged a series of increasingly large strikes across the country and drawn in workers from other industries, such as child care providers and adjunct professors.

The movement has since experienced a string of victories on increasing wages. Seattle became the first major city to pass a $15 minimum wage in 2014, and San Francisco joined it later that year. Los Angeles passed a wage floor of that level in 2015, and then this year, California and New York both passed $15 minimum wages that will go into effect in years to come.

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