Advisory for May 9, 2019
Contact: Jeremy Sprinkle, 336-255-2711 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Supporters of a $15 Minimum Wage to Hold “NC Pots & Spoons Protest” Outside NCGA
Raising Wages NC Coalition members to protest lawmakers’ failure to act before the legislative “crossover deadline” expires with novel and noisy demonstration, 10 A.M. Thursday on Jones Street in Raleigh
(RALEIGH, NC) — Each armed only with a humble pot and spoon brought from home, members of Raising Wages NC will hold a unique and noisy demonstration across from the North Carolina Legislative Building this Thursday to protest the failure of legislative leaders to hold even a hearing on popular legislation, introduced in March, that would raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024 and cover more workers so everyone can have a fair opportunity to work hard and succeed in North Carolina.
“It shouldn’t take six working adults to keep up with the bills for one household,” says Devin Evans, a line cook and member of Fight for $15 and a Union, who lives with his mother, brothers, and extended family and will speak at the event. “If the minimum wage was $15 an hour, my family members would not have to pool our paychecks just to keep the lights on!”
What: NC Pots & Spoons Protest for raising the minimum wage. Demonstrators will bang their kitchen utensils for 15 minutes, then give attending workers and supporters a platform to testify about the moral and economic imperative of raising the minimum wage now.
When: Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 10 A.M.
Where: Bicentennial Mall (across from the legislative building), 16 W. Jones St., Raleigh, NC
Why: Thursday is the “crossover deadline” for bills to pass at least one chamber in order to remain viable for the remainder of the 2019-2020 legislative session, yet anti-worker state lawmakers have ignored popular bills that raise the minimum wage and enact other policies that would create fair opportunities for everyone–black, white, and brown–to succeed in North Carolina.
Who: Raising Wages NC Coalition including NC State AFL-CIO, NC Justice Center, Fight for $15 and a Union, National Domestic Workers Alliance, NC A. Philip Randolph Institute, NC Council of Churches, Carolina Jews for Justice, United for a Fair Economy, and others
The North Carolina State AFL-CIO is the largest association of unions of working people in North Carolina, representing over a hundred thousand members, working together for good jobs, safe workplaces, workers’ rights, consumer protections, and quality public services on behalf of ALL working people. PO Box 10805, Raleigh, NC 27605.