The Atlantic: The Atlantic: Where the Minimum Wage Fight Is Being Won

“There’s just been this ratcheting up of consciousness about the crisis of low wages, and that has really fueled a lot of the activism at the local level,” said Christine Owens, executive director of the National Employment Law Project, an advocacy group pushing to raise the minimum wage. “Fight for 15” rallies and President Obama’s two-year campaign haven’t moved the Republicans running Congress, but they have had an impact across the country. Corporate America has begun to respond as well, as Wal-Mart and McDonalds have each announced plans to increase pay for their employees.

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