America can't build a strong future with falling wages. Corporations wiped out millions of good, middle class jobs during the recession. Now they want new jobs to pay as little as possible. Even though Americans' hard work is generating billions in profits, most new jobs - especially in food services and other service jobs - tend to pay very little. That means moms and dads who finally have full-time work again are paid so little they qualify for food stamps and other public assistance.
When large, profitable corporations like McDonald's and Walmart hold down wages and benefits, that hurts all of us. When wages are pushed down, it slows down the economy for everybody. Ordinary people who work hard can't afford the basics-like groceries, rent, or transportation - and that reduces purchasing power in our neighborhoods. Boosting pay will put money into the hands of working moms and dads, so they can put more money back into our community and create more good jobs.
Now there is a growing movement to raise wages and strengthen the economy for all of us, not just the rich. Just over two years ago, hundreds of people who work in fast food restaurants in New York City went on strike. They called for a $15/hour wage floor and the right to form a union.
Since that first walkout, thousands of fast food cooks and cashiers in nearly 200 cities from coast to coast have joined the Fight for $15 movement with several waves of national one-day strikes.
Their strikes touched a nerve. Hard-working people across the country are in the same boat. People who provide home care and work in airports have also joined together in the Fight for $15. Together we're building a broader movement for higher wages and better jobs.
By sticking together, people in the Fight for $15 movement are making change happen and are getting heard. When people who work in our growing service sector have a stronger voice to raise pay that will put us all on a road back to prosperity.
National Day of Action: join the Fight for $15 on 4/15. On April 15, working people, students, faith organizations, union members, and others in communities across the country will stand together for a national day of action to call for higher wages, union rights, and better jobs.
APRIL 15 | 5PM | CLARK ATLANTA
111 James P Brawley Dr SW Atlanta, GA 30314
Parking on Mitchell St SW and Paschal St
Together we'll stand up for jobs that give our friends, our neighbors, and our families a fair shot at a secure future.
Military Spending Information on Tax Day
On April 14th and 15th, 2015, Georgia WAND will be hosting a Global Day of Action on Pentagon Spending/Tax Day at Agnes Scott and Spelman Colleges. Georgia WAND interns, Marissa Daniels, Spelman College Senior, and Andie Sweetman, Agnes Scott College Sophomore, will be joined by Georgia WAND Executive Director, Becky Rafter, in presenting information to students about how they as students, especially young women, can end militarism and systemic violence.
A critical tool necessary to transform a culture of war at home and abroad to a culture of peace and unity is to take our federal budget back from the Pentagon and redirect federal, public resources to human development and basic needs for the general population and the environment. The role of young women becoming political active, voting, and leading this struggle is key to its success.
The Department of Defense budget is at an all time high. Do you feel any safer?
When we spend more than half of our federal budget on the Pentagon, it doesn't make us more secure. Instead of pouring money into militarizing the police, wasteful defense contracting, and 50-year old nuclear weapons delivery systems, let's create comprehensive solutions that address the root causes of conflict. And students and young women must secure seats at the decision-making table.
Our security requires investment in financial aid and education, soldiers and veterans care, good jobs/job training, transportation and infrastructure, nutrition, health care, affordable housing, and other services that provide economic security to our families and a brighter future for our children.
When: April 15, 2015, 6:00-7:30PM
Where: Spelman College, 350 Spelman Lane SW, Science Center, NASA Auditorium #134
FREE Event - Light Refreshments provided
NEW EVENT ADDED
When: April 14, 2015, 8:30-9:25AM
Where: Agnes Scott College
o> Georgia WAND members are welcome to join. RSVP to: Johnna@georgiawand.org