That’s AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka last Saturday as nurses were joined by hundreds of labor and community activists outside Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, demanding that hospital officials both respect the rights of its nurses to form a union, and stop suing low-income community patients and their families for medical debt.
Here’s National Nurses United Executive Director Bonnie Castillo:
(audio) “We want to send a message to Johns Hopkins management: people over profits!”
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In today’s labor history, on this date in 2009, the U.S. minimum wage rose to $7.25 per hour, the last time it was raised. The Fight for $15 movement began three years later when two hundred fast-food workers walked off the job in 2012 to demand $15 an hour and union rights in New York City. Today, it’s a global movement in over 300 cities on six continents.
Today’s labor quote is from the Fight for $15, which says:
“When we first took the streets, the skeptics called us dreamers. They said a $15 wage was “unwinnable.”
We’ve already won raises for 22 million people across the country – including 10 million who are on their way to $15/hr – all because workers came together and acted like a union.
And we will keep on fighting, no matter the challenge. We won’t back down.”
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