4/5ths of Emeryville City Council Fights for Nation-Wide $15 Minimum Wage
Mayor Addresses Large Berkeley Rally
Left to right: Dianne Martinez, Jac Asher,
Ruth Atkin, Scott Donahue
Today the Mayor of Emeryville led a contingent of four out of the five City Council members to petition for a nationwide $15 minimum wage at a large rally at UC Berkeley's Sproul Plaza. The protest rally, some 1500 strong, was organized by 'Fight For $15', an international activist conglomerate comprised chiefly of fast food workers agitating for $15 minimum wage laws. Labor Unions joined social activist groups and students at the famous UC Berkeley site of the 1960's Free Speech Movement where Emeryville Mayor Ruth Atkin was the featured kick-off speaker.
Mayor Atkin chronicled Emeryville's recent foray into its own path to $15 minimum wage, noting Emeryville's leadership role. Many in the crowd seemed to be unaware but pleasantly surprised by Emeryville's new prominent position in labor rights. It would seem our business friendly reputation may be giving way to a new reputation.
Readers will forgive the first minute or so of Ms Atkin's speech being clipped: