Hundreds gathered at a rally in Seattle Sunday to demand a $15 dollar an hour minimum wage.
The gathering at the Seattle Labor Temple marked the launch of the “15 Now” campaign, led by newly-elected socialist City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant.
“We can make this $15 an hour demand the first step of a long series of demands that we need to raise in order to reverse the falling standards of living,” Sawant told reporters before the event.
Philip Locker, a campaign organizer, said working people have been hammered during a time of record profits for businesses.
“We think it’s modest and quite compromising to put forward the idea of $15. That is not a living wage. It would be a big step forward, but we need far more. A living wage would be more than $15,” Locker said.
During her speech, Sawant pledged to donate $15,000 of her six-figure city council salary to the campaign each year.
The group has planned a second rally for Martin Luther King Day.