Union Free Radio, Ep. 15: The Hidden Origins Of The Fight For $15 Movement & Its Impact

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Many people today may not know that the Fight for $15 campaign wasn’t really about raising the minimum wage to $15. It was about unionizing the fast-food industry. Here’s the back story:


Although many people are aware of the “Fight for $15” campaign, most probably do not know that it was never intended to be about merely raising the minimum wage.

The genesis of the entire campaign was designed in 2009 by the SEIU—or Service Employees International Union—as a way to unionize millions of the nation’s fast-food workers.


In fact, the actual $15 per hour figure was arbitrarily picked—almost as an afterthought—only two months before the first astroturf protest in 2012.

In this episode of Union Free Radio, host Peter List explains the history of the SEIU’s Fight for $15 campaign, as well as its aftermath and how it is affecting the economy following the 2020 crash.

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