Fight for $15 is a struggle for dignity and equality

Worker and organizer Eric Winston speaks about the importance of the $15 minimum wage for workers in the US and the broader struggle for rights

February 26, 2021 by Peoples Dispatch

Eric Winston, a restaurant worker and a leader with NC Raise Up, the North Carolina branch of Fight for $15 and a Union discusses the bill tabled by the Joe Biden administration which includes the promise of a minimum wage of 15 dollars per hour by 2025. The $15 an hour minimum age is, for Eric, about guaranteeing people basic means for their survival. The workers want the bill to be passed with immediate effect, but as Winston highlights, it is just one step in a long struggle for rights, dignity, and equality. Workers in the campaign who are largely from the fast food sector and not formally unionized, are also fighting for the right to unionize.