Annelise Orleck with Heidi Groover
Thousands of fast food workers in 230 cities across the globe went on strike in May 2014, protesting for a living wage, workplace protections, and the right to unionize. Today that fight persists in the form of the #FightFor15 movement, whose efforts have resulted in cities around the nation (including Seattle, New York City, and Los Angeles) instituting a rise to a $15 minimum wage. History professor and activist Annelise Orleck chronicles the fight for a living wage and the results of this worldwide working-class outcry in her book We Are All Fast-Food Workers Now: The Global Uprising Against Poverty Wages (Beacon Press). She is joined onstage by Heidi Groover, a housing and labor journalist for The Stranger, to discuss Annelise Orleck’s interviews with activists in many US cities and countries around the world—including Bangladesh, Cambodia, Mexico, South Africa, and the Philippines. Annelise Orleck is professor of history at Dartmouth College and she is also the author of Storming Caesars Palace: How Black Mothers Fought Their Own War on Poverty and Rethinking American Women’s Activism.
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