‘It’s a struggle out here’: Workers march for $15 per hour and right to unionize in Milwaukee

By Ricardo Torres February 13, 2020

Less than a month after employees at Fiserv Forum claimed victory on a tentative agreement to receive $15 per hour, workers took their cause to City Hall.

On Thursday, roughly 100 people marched on City Hall carrying boxes containing thousands of signatures on a petition to ask city officials to bring workers and employers together to achieve a $15-an-hour minimum wage and the opportunity to be part of a union.

Shinita McKinley, a certified nursing assistant, said as a single parent, it’s hard to provide for her four kids.

“Being a nurse, I only get paid $11 per hour and I have to work damn near 60 hours just to make a full paycheck and I’m a part-time worker,” McKinley said. “If I was making $15 an hour, I would be more comfortable and not living paycheck to paycheck. … It’s stressful and that’s why I’m fighting.”

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