Workers’ Rights: Fight for 15

There are no states in the U.S. where a minimum wage worker can afford a two-bedroom apartment working a 40-hour week. (American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations).

Seem shocking? We think so too. Here are more statistics on the current minimum wage.

Hours at Minimum Wage Needed to Afford Rent. Source: National Low Income Housing Coalition

  • If the minimum wage had grown at the same rate as the wages of the 1%, it would be $28.34 an hour (AFL-CIO)
  • If the minimum wage were raised to $10.10, more than 1.7 million American workers would no longer rely on public assistance programs.
  • Analysis of minimum-wage workers shows that, at most, 20 percent are teenagers, about 50 percent are full-time employees and about 60 percent are women.



This past Wednesday, the CCAR held a Take Action at the West Elevator Lobby to encourage the Pace community to sign a petition asking to increase the Federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. This petition, written by Robert Reich, pushes to raise the minimum wage to a living wage that has been calculated based on inflation and productivity.

Learn more about this issue here, and sign the petition here.



Interested in this issue? Agree? Don’t agree?
Attend our Workers’ Rights Panel on March 12th!

The panel will feature professors from various disciplines in addition to a fast food worker who is actively involved in the Fight for 15 Movement. Professor Kolluri (Communications) will be moderating. The event will be held in the Student Union on Thursday, March 12th from 3:30 PM -5:00 PM. We very much hope to see you there!