Since Trump’s victory on Election Day, protests have begun about his presidency. One, in particular, is that of workers in Pennsylvania that want to see a nationwide increase in the minimum wage.
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, hundreds of fast-food employees and low-wage earners left their jobs and started a rally in the streets to work for higher wages.
300 cities across the United States has similar rallies and protests as part of the “Day of Disruption.” The workers were not demanding much, just an increase in the minimum wage to $15 per hour.
By the end of the protests in Pittsburgh, police had arrested over 19 people that started the rally. They were arrested for blocking street traffic during rush hour.
The initial protestors started at 6:00 am at two different McDonald’s locations in the city. They continued into the evening, and at one point there were 250 to 300 at the Federal Building in the Downtown area marching through the Central Business District’s streets.
Kansas City Joins the Rallies
In Kansas City, calls for human rights and higher minimum wages. Known as the Fight for $15, these rallies were staged across the country, and Kansas City had four separate rally locations.
Numerous events held speakers, who expressed their fears of wage progress. They also discussed their fear that civil rights would no longer be respected by the government, and how they fear President-elect Trump will demolish most civil rights during his presidency, says The Kansas City Star.
Some of the speakers at the Kansas City events talked about LGBT rights, women, African Americans, and Muslim-American rights.
Trump Suggested American Workers are Overpaid
During his campaign, Reuters reports that Trump made several claims that American workers were overpaid. As an international property developer and TV star, Trump has had no government experience. Now, he has been voted as the person to run the country – and he has no problem sharing his opinion about people in the United States.
While Trump promised to create jobs, he made it clear that workers are already paid too much. He did, however, admit that the federal minimum wage should be increased for workers.
Trump is being held accountable for all of his promises and these rallies were designed to show just that. People want to make sure that Trump understands how people feel about their current pay situations – and what they expect their newly elected president to do for them.
Minimum Wage Too Low to Survive On
The biggest concern from protestors is the fact that they cannot survive on the current minimum wage. Asking for $15 seems like a hefty burden, but for most of these metropolitan area workers, $15 is the bare minimum they need to survive. Most protestors are working on such little wages that they barely afford groceries; let alone rental fees.
Trump has not yet named his Labor Secretary, and the person he chooses will most definitely play a role in the wages given to American workers.