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Students help in the ‘Fight for 15’

Since November of 2012, fast food and retail workers have been protesting against their industries to be paid $15 an hour and have the right to form a union without any consequences because living on minimum wage in today’s society is becoming nearly impossible.

Living on minimum wage in today’s society is becoming nearly impossible. Some of these workers have families to provide for and are relying completely on public assistance programs.

So, to help fight for the cause, junior Dalia Mena and sophomore Brian Geans (both Steinmetz Star staff members) took it upon themselves to rally up a group of students from the school to go to protest in front of the Rock’n’Roll McDonalds in downtown Chicago on May 15.

Activist junior Dalia Mena (above with megaphone) and sophomore Brian Geans organized students to join a city-wide protest on May 15 to fight for fair wages for workers. Photo by Emily Santiago.

Activists junior Dalia Mena (above with megaphone) and sophomore Brian Geans organized students to join a city-wide protest on May 15 to fight for fair wages for workers. Photo by Emily Santiago.

 With the help of the Albany Park Neighborhood Council (APNC) and other neighborhood groups, this small group of Steinmetz students protested for nearly two hours while holding up signs and swaying the flags of other nations all participating in strike, making this a global event.

Several of the students were rewarded with the opportunity to be witnessed on the news supporting the cause and even getting the pictures taken by local photographers for their stories.

Although it’s a fight to still be continued, this small group of Steinmetz students did their part in fighting for a better cause.

From the “Fight For $15” website:

Fast food is a $200 billion a year industry and retail is a $4.7 trillion industry, yet many service workers across the country earn minimum wage or just above it and are forced to rely on public assistance programs to provide for their families and get healthcare for their children. 

Each year, our labor brings billions of dollars into stores and restaurants nationwide, but almost all of these profits go to make executives and investors even richer, while we struggle to provide our families with basic necessities like food, rent, healthcare and transportation. Just in fast food, 52 percent of families are enrolled in one or more public assistance programs—like food stamps and medicaid—compared  with 25 percent of the workforce as a whole. 

We believe that people who work hard for a living should make enough to support themselves, their families and their neighborhoods—and that workers should be treated with dignity and respect. 

One comment on “Students help in the ‘Fight for 15’

  1. Kamari Joiner on said:

    I strongly agree with everything this article covers. Minimum wage is defiantly a topic our country has the right to fight for. We need more money to comfortably provide for our families.

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