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Saturday, April 26, 2014

15 Now's National Conference Is Today

Posted by on Sat, Apr 26, 2014 at 2:21 PM

The president's in on the minimum-wage action this morning, talking in his weekly address about pizza and Oklahoma and a federal minimum wage raise, saying "It's time for $10.10." Check it out:

Here in Seattle, where we don't fuck around, it's time for $15, and we're hearing a lot of chatter this week about the work going on at city hall to assemble a compromise minimum wage hike that labor and business leaders can jointly support.

But activists are moving ahead on their own schedule. All day today at Franklin High School, 15 Now is hosting their first national conference, with people assembling from all over the US to rally and discuss strategies on raising the minimum wage to $15, here and elsewhere. Tonight at 7:30, at a closing rally, Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant will speak to conference attendees. The crowd is reportedly a few hundred strong so far.

If you wanted to follow along on Twitter, you can check out 15 Now or find some of the action at the hashtags #15now and #a26.

The conference schedule is here; the strategy document they're discussing, amending, and voting on is here. Today's when they're expected to start signature-gathering for a $15 minimum wage charter amendment.

Meanwhile, the mayor's advisors are potentially working around the clock on their deal, hustling for support from the factions they represent. I hope they take a break to go walk their dogs and sleep and have a margarita or 10. It's Saturday, after all.


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15 Now = 15 restaurants in Seattle, that's all that will survive.
Posted by Greed works both ways on April 26, 2014 at 2:34 PM · Report this
Actually signature gathering not starting today, setting up action groups is. Gathering likely start may 24 for five weeks. Join an action group today to get training and ORGANIZE.
Posted by sign up now on April 26, 2014 at 2:54 PM · Report this
$10.10 is very reasonable. Why are the Sawantanistas so unreasonable?
Posted by It's good enough for San Francisco after all on April 26, 2014 at 3:13 PM · Report this
The 1968 mw adjusted for inflation is 10.75. It is not pay less. Adjusted for productivity its 15. Therefore 10.10 cheats workers by almost ten thousand a year. It is unreasonable to cheat a worker by ten thousand a year. In fact it is immoral.
Posted by stealing not reasonable on April 26, 2014 at 5:23 PM · Report this
loganlorelai 5
This whole debate can be properly explained if you listen to Dori Monson 12-3 on KIRO-FM - he will tell you that you should pull yourself up by your bootstraps and make your own $15. Don't let the man dictate your wage - do it yourself, people! Easier than you think...kshama sNOT!
Posted by loganlorelai on April 26, 2014 at 6:19 PM · Report this
seatackled 6
Who's this Dori Monson chick? I'd never heard of her before last week, but now her name seems to keep popping up here.
Posted by seatackled on April 26, 2014 at 6:49 PM · Report this
"Here in Seattle, where we don't fuck around..."

You must be new here. Seattle is absolutely legendary for fucking around forever.
Posted by David Wright on April 26, 2014 at 7:04 PM · Report this

Why did Obama stand down when ATF and FBI agents were ready to arrest Bundy?

Why did they not open fire on his armed gang?

Has this ever happened when raiding a crack house in East L.A.?

Why is Bundy, a tax evader, and a person who brought armed force against federal law enforcement, walking around a free man?

Why does Obama let him run free when he's a criminal?

Posted by Native PWN on April 26, 2014 at 7:33 PM · Report this

Can you explain to me how a burger flipper in 2014 is 50% more efficient and productive at flipping burgers than a burger flipper of 1968?

Fact is - some jobs have not changed over the years - which kinda shoots down your whole "workers be more productive now"bullshit. The occupations that have seen huge gains in productivity over the years are not ones that pay minimum wage you dolt.

Posted by pull your head out of sawant's ass on April 27, 2014 at 4:18 PM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 10

Keep calling minimum wage workers "burger flippers". Put "burger flipper" on your 'No on Charter Amendment 20' signs. The more contempt you guys show for the workers at the bottom of the wage scale, the easier it will be to pass $15/hr.

Thanks for the raise.
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn on April 27, 2014 at 5:54 PM · Report this
you must be pretty incompetent and lack any real skills if you need a "vote" just to get to $15 an hour. Pretty pathetic really if you think about it.

glad I'm not you.

also notice you could not address the whole productivity issue - I know, its because you can't.
Posted by no raise for you on April 27, 2014 at 9:16 PM · Report this

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