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In 270 cities and towns, tens of thousands of low-wage workers joined the Fight for $15 November 10 day of action, taking to the streets in the movement’s largest nationwide demonstration to build worker power yet. One year out from the 2016 elections, the protests also looked to turn that power toward electoral contests, calling on candidates for public office to join the fight for higher wages.

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While Out of Touch Politicians Balk, Companies Have Been Raising Base Pay for Workers

The overwhelming public support for higher minimum wages, displayed in poll after poll after poll -- and especially among the 42 percent of American workers who are paid less than $15 an hour – hasn’t yet moved tone-deaf politicians on the right to embrace raising the minimum wage. But a growing number of employers, including some large corporations, are recognizing that the low-wage business model is one that’s actually not good for business and have been raising base pay for their lowest-paid workers – with some adopting at least a $15 minimum wage.

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$15 Minimum Wage Ballot Measures Pushed for 2016 in California

In a sign of growing national momentum for $15 minimum wages, two ballot measures to raise California’s minimum wage to that level are being pushed in California. With polling showing 68% of state voters back a $15 minimum wage, California looks likely to be one of the first states to adopt a $15 minimum wage next year.

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Tacoma, WA Voters Approve $12 Local Minimum Wage

Tacoma, Washington, voters made clear yesterday by a wide margin that they wanted to raise the local minimum wage above the state’s $9.47 per hour minimum – they overwhelmingly approved increasing the minimum wage over the next two years to $12 per hour in 2018.

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$15 Minimum Wage for Fast Food and Big Box Retail Workers Weighed by Massachusetts Legislators

Massachusetts lawmakers last week considered a bill to raise the minimum wage for fast food and big box retail workers to $15 by 2018, as workers rallied at the state capitol in Boston to show their support.

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Underpaid Workers Overwhelmingly Support a $15 Minimum Wage and Unions, Survey Finds

A first-ever national poll of workers who are paid less than $15 per hour shows 72 percent approve of labor unions, and 75 percent support $15 and a union, the goals of the Fight for $15 movement.

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Polls show strong support for $15 NYS minimum wage, higher federal minimum in key 2016 states

Two recently released opinion polls showed New York State voters overwhelmingly support the push by Governor Andrew Cuomo to raise the minimum wage statewide to $15 by 2021. A separate poll showed strong support for raising the federal minimum wage – currently stuck at $7.25 per hour – with clear majorities among likely Republican voters in early 2016 primary states and even stronger support across party lines in key general election swing states. Taken together, the polls indicate growing public backing for raising minimum wages, increasing support for higher dollar amount minimum wages, and a greater likelihood that a candidate’s stance on raising the minimum wage could affect the outcome of elections.

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