Robert Reich, former United States Secretary of Labor, is one of the main advocates for increasing the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour and he’s happy to show you in 2 minutes and 30 seconds why he thinks this increase is so important.

At the moment, the federal minimum wage is at $7.25 (which is famously plastered on a poster, most likely in your break room at your job.) However, Democrats in the U.S. Congress are beginning to fight for an increase to $10.10 per hour.


Although that seems like a big increase, Robert Reich, shows us why he thinks it is crucial for the federal minimum wage to increase to $15/hour incrementally over the next three years.

A couple reasons Reich mentions: $10.10 is not enough to lift people out of poverty, $15 per hour is an reasonable amount when you factor in inflation and productivity, and an increase in minimum wage will help create more jobs.

Fast Food Workers Take Action to #FightFor15

Not only has Robert Reich been fighting for equality for all and increasing the minimum wage, there is a large movement today, April 15th, among fast food workers fighting for a living wage and secure employment.

Even Robert Reich has taken to the streets in Oakland to join this national and international protest: Cities like St. Louis, New York City, Toronto and even Dublin, Ireland are looking to #Fightfor15 and protest low wages.

Robert Reich’s Call to Action

Robert Reich is encouraging everyone to call their U.S. Senators to tell them “$15 an hour is the least American workers deserve.” However, many Republicans are looking to push back on this increase, even to $10.10 per hour. Speaker John Boehner has stated his opinion on in the past, saying an increase to the minimum wage would translate into a decrease in jobs.

While the Reich video is obviously aimed at the “base,” stay tuned to see this argument make it into :30 second spots and other campaign media shortly. The Democrats clearly sense an advantage here.

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