About the Campaign
15 Now is a national organization that began in Seattle in early 2014. 15 Now helped to lead a historic campaign in Seattle which lead to the first victory for $15/hr in a major city. Several cities across the country have raised the minimum wage under the pressure of a growing workers’ movement, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, St. Louis, and New York. Workers in cities and industries across the U.S. are gathering steam to win $15 nationwide, and fight the race to the bottom logic of big business and the politicians representing their interests, not workers’ rights.
A living wage is urgently needed in Minneapolis, where 42% of jobs don’t pay enough to raise a family. 28% of Minneapolis residents live in poverty, but those numbers are even higher for families of color, including 49% of Black households, 65% of American Indians, and 34% of Latinos. Women occupy the majority of low-wage jobs.
How we Win
We will only win our demands through grassroots struggle. 15 Now Minnesota is part of a broader coalition of organizations that fight for low-income workers’ rights, including Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC), Centro de los Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha (CTUL), and many others. Most importantly, we are organizing in our communities, building a powerful movement of Minneapolis residents and workers ready to challenge bug business pushing poverty wages to protect profits.
Note: We are launching a new website soon and will expand this section with recent updates from our campaign. Stay tuned!