Last year, the CEO of Wendy’s took home $16.5 billion dollars while most of it’s employees barely scraped by on $16,000. Like so many fast food workers who work long hours, they struggle to earn the money needed to pay for my rent, food, clothing, housing, student loans and childcare.
In America, people who work hard should be able to afford basic necessities.
While fast food corporations reap the benefits of record profits, workers are barely getting by — in fact, many are forced to be on public assistance despite having a job.
Today, these workers are fighting for their rights and to end that constant struggle. They’re striking for a livable wage of $15/hour and their right to form a union. But they need your help.
If we win this fight, the 50,000 New Yorkers working in the fast food industry will have access to a better life. Despite common stereotypes, most of fast food workers are not teenagers working after school, but grown adults with kids of their own and bills to pay.
Raising pay for fast food workers will benefit workers and strengthen the overall economy.
But now, irresponsible contractors are trying to create loopholes in the Living Wage to increase profits — today, we marched on LAX to hold them accountable!
On Nov. 6, voters stood up in force and rejected a Romney Economy. We said no to cutting healthcare and education to pay for tax breaks for the rich. ULTCW member participated in National Day of Action, telling their newly elected leaders it’s time to get to work: we need jobs, not cuts.
ULTCW members at Rep. Bacerra’s Office:
We have so much to be proud of this day as it represents a real win for working families here in California and across the country. We put our leadership to the test when we decided that we were going to lead on four major goals to ensure our future together:
1. Re-Elect President Barack Obama.
2. Win on Prop 30.
3. Defeat Prop 32.
4. Elect representatives that will continue to fight on behalf of working families.
We did it!
Proposition 30 passed, preventing $6 billion in devastating cuts that would have reduced our children’s school days by 15, increased class size and laid off thousands of teachers. Instead, we have secured our children’s right to a quality education and protected funding for vital programs.
Proposition 32 was soundly defeated, sending a clear message to the Koch brothers, Karl Rove and Charles Munger that our voices are worth more than the millions of dollars spent to try and silence them.
We played a key role in campaigns and won 45 out of 49 Assembly races, 26 out of 29 Congressional races, 12 of the 12 State Senate seats, 13 out of 16 Board of Supervisor races (with 2 more still being counted), and LA County District Attorney.
We proved once again that no dollar amount spent on a campaign can overshadow the impact of one-on-one contact with voters. In California, we had over 1,400 volunteers educate over 247,000 voters in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean and Armenian on Propositions 30 and 32, while nationally, as SEIU, we phone banked and canvassed in CA, VA, FL, CO, NV, WI, and OH, talking to hundreds of thousands of voters since late September.
I am so proud of the work, the passion and the sacrifice that was made by ULTCW members, staff and volunteers. And we’re not done yet. In the days ahead, we’ll be working to make sure our government gets the job done for working families. It’s our duty to hold our leaders accountable 365 days a year, not just on Election Day.
Our work will continue and we’re going to be in this together every step of the way.
On Saturday, November 3, our President Laphonza Butler spoke at the African American Voter Registration, Education and Participation (AAVREP) event in Leimert Park. The African American Voter REP Project held a Get Out The Vote rally in order to educate community members on the issues that matter most to working families and encourage them to vote on Tuesday.
Joining Laphonza and AAVREP in firing folks up to vote in Tuesday’s election were: Pasadena City Councilmember Jacque Robinson, Senator Curren Price Assemblymember Holly Mitchell, Gardena City Councilmember & Teacher Rachel Johnson, LA City Council President Herb Wesson and LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.
Everyone left the rally fired up and ready to vote! Especially Yes on Prop 30 & No on Prop 32!