SEIU members from all over North California joined the #FightFor15 National Day of Action in Fresno, Salinas, San Jose and Oakland on Nov. 10.
Despite the cold, crowds were fired up and chanting in Oakland to the sounds of economic justice, social justice and racial justice.
Luisa Blue, SEIU Local 521 Chief Elected Officer, energized the crowds with the chant, “Are you ready to fight? Damn Right!”
Watch the video here.
Actions like this were happening in 270 cities across the U.S. to kickoff the year-long Fight For $15 campaign before the next election.
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Low-wage workers of all stripes turned out in force in San Jose on Nov. 10 as part of a #Fightfor15 effort that drew thousands across the country.
Home care, fast food workers, and childcare workers joined forces at McDonald’s and El Pollo Loco in San Jose demanding better pay and a right to unionize.
They were supported by local leaders such as City Councilman Ash Kalra, South Bay Labor Council leader Ben Field, and SEIU Local 521 Chief Elected Officer Luisa Blue.
Salinas, 11 a.m.
Earlier in the day, SEIU members, low-wage workers and supporters held three rallies in Salinas.
Fresno, 10 a.m.
SEIU members and the Fight for $15 rocked Fresno today as dozens of working people showed up for a march and rally at McDonald’s to demand fair wages. Nearly all of the workers were preparing to drive to Oakland, CA after the rally to join thousands of people gathering on a historic day of statewide action.
The crowd was fired up as they marched down Blackstone Ave. and took over the parking lot at McDonald’s. Workers gave speeches and told heartbreaking stories about trying to survive on low wages. They chanted “Si, se puede” as speakers talked about how the Fight for $15 has already won victories across the nation and influenced the 2016 presidential election.
Alicia Jacobo talked about how the American Dream is out of reach for so many Americans. “The more we look at this issue of economic inequality, the harder it is to separate social justice from economic justice. So, today we stand together to not only Fight for 15 and a union, but to also advocate for racial justice and immigration reform because we know it’s the right thing to do.”
“Let’s be real, everyone you know who is working for minimum wage is working two or three jobs just to make ends meet,” said SEIU Local 521 President Gwyn Harshaw. The crowd erupted with cheers when she said, “We gotta stand up! $15 an hour is what we need. $15 is a start!”
Click here to see the rest of her speech.