Photos: Justice for Janitors Rally and the "Fight for 15" Campaign
We've been keeping you up to date on the ongoing Fight for 15 campaign, a series of events in Denver and beyond featuring low-wage workers calling for payments of $15 per hour.
A rally of fast-food workers in April drew hundreds of passionate supporters, and that group has another event scheduled for noon today, June 22, at a Denver area McDonald's, 300 South Broadway — the corner of Broadway and Alameda.
Today's gathering will be looking to build on the momentum established this past week, when Justice for Janitors — an organization marking its 25th anniversary this year — joined the Fight for 15 movement with a Denver event.
No surprise why: Organizers note that 42 percent of the American workforce earns less than $15 per hour, including many janitors, who are scheduled to begin their next contract negotiations in Denver during the spring of 2016.
Among those supporting a boost in the minimum wage are three members of the Denver City Council: Stacie Gilmore, Debbie Ortega and Robin Kniech. In a joint statement, they write: “Raising the minimum wage in Colorado can have a huge economic impact on Denver and the rest of the state. The conversation is evolving, your voice is getting heard and growing louder.”
Look below to see photos from the Justice for Janitors rally courtesy of Corinna Lander/Left in Focus.Michael Roberts.