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In Mountain View, Demonstrators Rally to Increase the Federal Minimum Wage
Reporting on a rally to increase the federal minimum wage held on a national day of action, February 19, 2014.
In Mountain View, demonstrators sang and chanted as they called on Congress to approve a hike in the federal minimum wage. They supported legislation that would raise it to $10.10 an hour. Many called for an even higher minimum wage.
Protesters in front of Mountain View City Hall held colorful signs on February 18, including one that said "CEO's make 273 times the average worker."
Mountain View City Council member Margaret Abe-Koga said she would like to see the minimum go up to s $15 an hour. She noted that 50 percent of the students in Mountain View schools qualify for free or reduced lunch. A speaker from the South Bay Labor Council said that if the minimum wage in 1968 had been tied to commonly used benchmarks for consumer prices, it would be $22 an hour today.
Other speakers said that economic inequality is on the rise and that a federal minimum wage increase would be a good start to solving that problem. The Raging Grannies led chants including: "One, two, three, four, no one should be working poor".
photo by Anne
Photo by Anne
...for a serious issue.
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