How capitalism blunts social reforms

By JOE AUCIELLO Every four years the presidential election season sprouts another set of politicians singing songs of social reform, a chorus as predictable as carolers at Christmas. Winter voices ring with words of cheer: “Peace on earth, good will to men”—words as routine and meaningless as any campaign promise of “hope and change” or…

$15 wage movement makes gains

By ANN MONTAGUE  June was a good month for the fight for a $15 minimum wage. On June 13, Los Angeles, the second largest city in the country, saw the mayor sign the bill passed by the city council that raised the minimum wage from $9 to $15 over the next five years. This will…

April 15: Huge protest by low-wage workers

By BILL ONASCH  “Largest Protest By Low Wage Workers In US History.” That was the Guardian headline above a perceptive story about the 4/15 4 15 actions by Steven Greenhouse and Jana Kasperkevic. They wrote, “Some 60,000 workers took part in the Fight for $15 demonstrations. … The demonstrations were the latest in a series…

Fight for $15 on April 15

By BILL ONASCH  [This post contains three articles on the $15 minimum wage movement.] Fight for Fifteen 4/15
 — It’s an easy date to remember; April 15 is income tax day in the USA. This year there will be marches and rallies in most cities across the country. But these protests are not against the…

Oregon rally demands $15 wage

By ANN MONTAGUE SALEM, Ore.—Hundreds of Oregonians came to Salem on Jan. 24 to rally and march and demand a statewide $15 minimum wage. Organized by labor and community groups, the event not only showcased how the movement has expanded outside of Portland to the rest of the state but also the growing passion to…