Fight for $15 to Protest GOP Debate in Des Moines

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Workers from the Midwest will make their voices heard during the Republican presidential debate at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines on January 28.

On the night of the final Republican debate, days before people cast their ballots in the Iowa Caucuses on February 1, protesters from across the region will rally in favor of the Fight for $15, union rights and racial, economic and immigrant justice.

Every Republican presidential candidate is opposed to increasing the minimum wage, meanwhile Democratic hopefuls Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley say they are in favor of it.

Organizers say the demonstration is a way of telling “all politicians that they’re not getting our vote if they don’t stand with the 64 million workers making less than $15 an hour.”

Fight for $15 describes itself as an organization of workers who “are taking a stand against low pay.”

“Fast food workers are coming together all over the country to fight for $15 an hour and the right to form a union without retaliation,” Fight for $15 announced in a public statement.

“We work for corporations that are making tremendous profits, but do not pay employees enough to support our families and to cover basic needs like food, health care, rent and transportation. Too many of us are forced to rely on public assistance to scrape by.”

Organizers say they hope for hundreds of workers to march in support of the demands for Fight for $15.

According to the Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa, based in Iowa City, a bus at the CWJ Office located at 1940 S. Gilbert Court, Iowa City is scheduled to leave at 2:30pm to Des Moines for the rally. The bus will head back to Iowa City at 7pm and is scheduled to arrive around 9pm.

“Our message is that any candidate, regardless of political party, who wants our vote, needs to talk about our issues,” a CWJ statement reads.

The Huffington Post reports that 14 have states have raised minimum wages starting this year.

Fight for $15 adds that “The District of Columbia and three other states — Maryland, Minnesota and Nevada — will also be raising wages later in 2016.”

For more information, visit www.fightfor15.org

  • Otto Greif

    Raising the minimum wage hurts low skill workers.