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Unions Plan Far-Left “National Day of Disruption” Today

As in years past, right after the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and Black Friday, “Fight for $15,” the union-sponsored effort to have the government mandate a $15 per hour minimum wage, holds a day of protests.  

Strikes and protests at McDonald’s and other quick-service restaurants are expected to begin early Tuesday Fight for 15morning, with one of the largest protests anticipated among workers at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport in the midst of post-Thanksgiving travel. 

This year, according to one of our sources, the group is expanding the scope of its protests in a deliberate attempt to attract and recruit left-of-center and anti-Trump activists who have yet to join the movement. Today’s protests will be more elaborate and it is clear professional staff from across the Far-Left is playing a larger role. 

“Galvanized by the election and frustrated with an economy that is rigged for the rich, airport, fast-food, home care, higher education and child-care workers organized the massive demonstrations to mark the fourth anniversary of the Fight for $15, a movement that has won raises for 22 million Americans since it started in 2012,” Fight for $15 organizers said in a press release reported by Nation’s Restaurant News

The organizers were expanding the movement to nearly 20 airports serving 2 million passengers a day and “risking arrest via mass civil disobedience in front of McDonald’s restaurants from Detroit to Denver,” Fight for $15 said on their website. 

For today’s protests, Fight for $15’s expanded demands include at least the following:

  • *$15 and union rights for all

  • *No deportations of illegal aliens

  • *End structural racism

  • *Stop police killings

  • *Climate justice (a Far-Left political construct that equates alleged global warming with racism) 

Betty Douglas, a McDonald’s worker from St. Louis, told Fight for $15 that she was still paid $7.90 an hour after eight years on the job. 

“We are also protesting to reject the politics of divisiveness that tears America apart by race, religion, ethnicity and gender,” Douglas said according to Nation’s Restaurant News. “And we won’t back down until the economy is fixed for all workers and we win justice for all people in our nation.” 

Mary Kay Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), said in a call with members the protests were the “first steps together to fight back for our families and communities.” 

SEIU has been a principal supporter of the Fight for $15 movement, which began on Nov. 29, 2012, with 200 quick-service workers walking off their jobs at dozens of restaurants across New York City to support raising wages to $15 and the right to form a union without retaliation. 

“Together we will keep fighting for $15 (an hour minimum wage), a union, racial, immigrant and environmental justice,” Henry said of the protests among restaurant workers, as well as those in healthcare, retail and maintenance. 

However, as Lydia O'Neal writing for the International Business Times noted, economists, workers and business leaders have long debated the merits of an increase in the minimum wage, the inflation-adjusted value of which peaked in 1968, according to the Pew Research Center.  

Proponents like Fight for $15 argue that anything below the target of the group’s namesake simply isn’t livable. Those against the hike worry that if companies face higher production costs in the form of more expensive labor, they’ll be forced to lay off workers, and that many of the workers who would be either let go or paid more would be teenagers still supported by their families, not adults with families to feed.  

According to the latest data on minimum wage workers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2.6 million, or 3.3 percent of all hourly paid workers, earned a wage less than or equal to the federal minimum, and half of them were under the age of 25. 

The irony of today’s protests is that by demanding that illegal aliens be allowed to remain in the workforce the protesters are protesting in favor of one of the greatest wage depressing factors in today’s economy. However, that doesn’t really matter to the Far-Left professional organizers who are actually the driving force behind the “National Day of Disruption” because their goal is to advance the broader agenda of the Left, not raise the wages and quality of life for American workers. 

Today’s “disruptions” are also expected to include protests by airport baggage handlers and cabin cleaners at O’Hare, as well as Uber drivers in two dozen cities and hospital workers in Pittsburgh. Organizers last year expanded the protests to more than 270 cities, and they expect actions in 340 cities across 29 states and the District of Columbia this year.

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