KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A day after the U.S. Home of Representatives authorized a $15 minimal wage hike, fast-food staff within the Kansas Metropolis metro are calling it a victory.
Stand Up KC has held various rallies on the McDonald’s restaurant close to 38th Road and Broadway Boulevard, however organizers mentioned Friday’s gathering was important due to the vote.
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II, D-Kansas Metropolis, is likely one of the 231 Home members who voted in favor of elevating the federal minimal wage from $7.25 to $15 an hour over the subsequent six years.
The hike stems from the Elevate the Wage Act launched in March.
Stand Up KC mentioned the favorable vote is an thrilling step ahead for fast-food and different low-wage staff.
Whereas the invoice faces steep hurdles within the Senate, the group is assured that firms resembling McDonald’s will see the writing on the wall relating to growing the minimal wage.
“It signifies that they will assist their households with out having to go and search public help with out having us, the taxpayer, primarily subsidize the McDonald’s of the world as a result of they do not pay their staff a good wage, a dwelling wage,” mentioned Rabbi Doug Alpert, who leads Congregation Kol Ami and is a Stand Up KC supporter.
The group has been preventing regionally for seven years to boost the minimal wage.
“Once you suppose seven years in the past and the considered a $15-an-hour wage, it was nearly laughable,” mentioned Terrence Clever with Stand Up KC. “However simply to see the work that we have put in over the past seven years right here in Kansas Metropolis and throughout the nation to prepare our co-workers, go on strike, do civil disobedience, we all know that is the explanation that 15 has come about.”
Friday’s victory rally in Kansas Metropolis was certainly one of 10 that befell across the nation.