Mike Lemme

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Fight For $15

It’s Tax Day, or as one current multi-millionaire is calling it, “why I’m going to jail in 10 years.” Who’s it going to be? I’m taking the safe bet and going with Wesley Snipes, again.

Since it is the 15th and also a day when the whole country thinks about money, as opposed to the other 364 days when everyone thinks about money, thousands of low wage workers nationwide held protests to demand minimum wage be raised to $15 an hour. It’s all part of a movement that started in 2012 called "Fight For $15."  

Fight For $15 is a movement to get underpaid workers like fast food employees, child-care aides,  and adjunct professors paid more. It's  also, the reason you refuse to see Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. Gotta fight for that $15.

Now protests were held nationwide, but here in New York, things got pretty emotional.

Outside of a McDonald’s in Brooklyn, protesters were seen wearing t-shirts with “I Can’t Breathe, Fight For $15” on them, while protesters at a McDonald’s on the Upper West Side staged a "die-in," where they laid on the ground and pretended to be dead.

Listen, I’m all for underpaid employees making more money, but isn’t this a little extreme? Or is Grimace really George Zimmerman?

The New York protests ended with thousands of workers marching into Times Square. A group of angry fast food employees, who have to support families by serving McDoubles all day, marching to Times Square?! People in Times Square better watch out, because if they can’t find Ronald McDonald, I think they should at least fuck up a Hello Kitty, just because. He/she/whoever is under that mask represents a corporation too.

Workers are tired of being underpaid by these huge businesses.  According to a recent study, 42% of Americans make less than $15 an hour. Now, to be fair, some of those jobs pay little per hour because employees can make more with tips.

But that would never work at McDonald’s! Could you imagine if McDonald’s employees tried to put out a tip jar?! Especially at 2 in the morning?! They would be even more concerned about getting a raise, because now they have to take care of themselves and a random, unwanted baby.

 

This is a big problem that’s not going away. Things have gotten so bad for fast food workers that now they don’t even recognize when Hillary Clinton is standing in front of them! 

If Hillary wants to be a champion for the everyday people, maybe instead driving to Iowa in a van, she should be making sure those everyday people can afford to put gas in their's.

Other Sources:

http://www.cnbc.com/id/102588930

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/fight-15-movement-takes-streets-tax-day-article-1.2186422

http://gothamist.com/2015/04/15/wage_justice_fight_for_15_rallies_a.php#photo-1

http://www.villagevoice.com/slideshow/on-tax-day-workers-rally-for-15-an-hour-42134565/

Photos:

http://media1.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2015_02/842676/zimmerman201500000325_3263ccdbdad668382347ac2e8620e016.jpg

http://thetangential.com/2012/03/18/how-grimace-got-his-grimace/

http://mammalssuck.blogspot.com/2012/01/why-breast-fed-babies-cry-more.html

http://www.sportfishingbc.com/forum/showthread.php?30744-Lastchances-tip-jar