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Sat Aug 29, 2015, 11:00 AM

Victory for workers - DNC puts $15 minimum wage into national platform

The Democratic Party platform now calls for a $15 per hour national minimum wage for all hourly workers after delegates voted in an amendment proposed by progressive activists during the Democratic National Committee Meeting here on Friday.

The move aligns Democrats with the most vocal of the activist left and labor movement — and puts the party to left of its presidential frontrunner, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Most Democrats, including Clinton, favor an increase in the federal minimum wage of some kind. The Obama administration has set $12 as its suggested federal minimum, while urging states that want to go above it, to do so. Clinton has also urged states and localities to raise their minimum wage to $15/hour, but has declined to publicly support a $15 federal minimum wage, citing differing economic landscapes from state to state.


http://www.buzzfeed.com/evanmcsan/democrats-make-a-15-national-minimum-wage-an-establishment-p#.oxqK1Opl6W

Horray! Now Hillary can finally support a $15 minimum wage (Like everyone knows she really really REALLY wants to support, despite her past refusals to do so) because it's now popular! Yay!

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Lancero Aug 2015 OP
Hydra Aug 2015 #1
Gothmog Aug 2015 #2
seabeyond Aug 2015 #3
Motown_Johnny Aug 2015 #4
Tierra_y_Libertad Aug 2015 #5
seabeyond Aug 2015 #6
HereSince1628 Aug 2015 #7

Response to Lancero (Original post)

Sat Aug 29, 2015, 12:53 PM

1. Yup!

It wasn't feasible until...well...now! More evolving to do. Move along!

And yay for ground level victory again! Keep pushing everyone, we have a long way to go, but we've done a lot already!!

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Response to Lancero (Original post)

Sat Aug 29, 2015, 02:21 PM

2. Yeah

This is a good move

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Response to Lancero (Original post)

Sat Aug 29, 2015, 02:25 PM

3. recommend, minus your snark toward clinton.

 

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Response to Lancero (Original post)

Sat Aug 29, 2015, 02:39 PM

4. Yes, Hillary will support it. Until she doesn't .. again.

 

Unless she comes out against it from the start to try and look moderate. Or refuses to answer questions about it until after she is President. Or some other crazy thing that I can't even dream of yet.

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Response to Lancero (Original post)

Sat Aug 29, 2015, 02:52 PM

5. Thank you Socialist Alternative and Kshawma Sarant.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kshama_Sawant

Sawant declared a victory in May 2014 after Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced an increase in the minimum wage to $15, which was the cornerstone of her campaign for City Council, but she is not pleased that large corporations will be allowed a few years to phase in the wage hike.[28] During a speech at the City Council on the day of the vote she said, "We did this. Workers did this. Today’s first major victory for 15 will inspire people all over the nation."[29]

Sawant advanced through the primary election for City Council District 3 representative on August 4, 2015 with 49.9% of the vote, almost 15 percentage points ahead of her closest opponent, Pamela Banks at 35.3%.[30][31] The final vote count later showed she actually won 50.5% of the primary vote.[32]

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Response to Tierra_y_Libertad (Reply #5)

Sat Aug 29, 2015, 02:58 PM

6. i give it to seattle too. they started the ball rolling along with fastfood workers. its what obama

 

clinton and even one speech with sanders that i heard that many did not hear, being said. we could not get the higher minimum on the ballot unless the nations and states stepped up. starting the conversation.

this progressed as we should expect and how the system works.

now with dnc putting it on the platform it is all good.

yes.... seattle was the first. but i give a lot to the fast food worker strike and their voice. and other states and communities that increased without feds... and seeing the success

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Response to Lancero (Original post)

Sat Aug 29, 2015, 03:08 PM

7. NOTHING HAS HAPPENED and we call it victory

We oughtn't to call the DNC doing the right thing, the thing that should-be-expected a victory

At best it's an indication of something worth fighting over to achieve a victory.

At worst, or at typically, an item on the platform is a promise and likely to be broken,

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