PCAs Will Join Nationwide Wage Protests
Personal care aides (PCAs) and their clients will join fast food employees and other low-wage workers on December 4 for a nationwide day of demonstrations for higher wages.
Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which is organizing and supporting many of the demonstrations, says that low-wage workers in up to 150 cities are expected to participate.
The protests will have the same goal as similar protests held in September: a raise for low-wage workers to $15 an hour.
The goal is not unrealistic, protest organizers say. In the past year, Seattle and San Francisco have each voted to raise their minimum wages to $15/hour.
Nationally, PCAs earned a median wage of $9.67 an hour in 2013, according to the PHI State Data Center.
Low-wage workers at airports, including baggage handlers and aircraft cleaners, are expected to protest at Los Angeles International and other large U.S. airports.
— by Matthew Ozga