HOUSTON — The Fight for 15 National Day of Action started with just that with a lot of action: seven arrests here in Houston.
The group joined fast food, airport, and other workers from across the country, in walking out on their employers to take to the streets and protest for a $15 minimum wage.
“This country are dealing with having quality jobs, well how about the jobs we already have available, and make those jobs even better,” Ramone Dixon with the Fight for 15 Texas said.
Fight for 15 supporters from around Texas convened near Intercontinental Airport.
“It's 2016, and we're still talking about people barely getting $10 an hour, back in the 80's you could live off of $40,000 a year, people put $40,000 worth of debt just to go to school to just to fight for $40,000 dollar jobs,” Dixon said.
Some said a national minimum wage increase isn't reasonable when costs of living differ city to city.
“It seems like people don`t have that same discussion when it comes to debt. Debt doesn't have a cost of living if you're in debt you're in debt. I still have to get gas, i still have to buy a car, and i don`t think buying a car is any different, or going to Walmart or the prices are any different state to state,” Dixon said.
The original plan was to march down to Terminal C but after this mornings arrests, a lack of permits, and an increased police presence down at Bush IAH, they decided to keep things more civil and less disobedient. But that didn't water down the message.
“I make $1000 every two weeks, that is not enough to provide for my daughter, that's not enough for me to provide Christmas and food, or paying bills. You know, rent, gas, that's not enough,” Laselle Rosborough said.
The Fight for 15 is going to be an uphill battle, but it looks like there's no shortage of troops in this war of wages.