Why Students Are Marching for Better Wages

On Wednesday, April 15th, tens of thousands of workers from low-wage industries including fast food, retail, child care and home care protested in over 200 cities and 35 countries to demand two things: a living wage of $15 per hour, up from the current federal minimum wage of $7.25, and a union. Backed by the Service Employees International Union, the Fight for $15 campaign has since expanded to sectors beyond fast food, although McDonald's remains a major target. Among the protesters rallying this week were students at more than 200 college campuses across the country. For many students, raising the minimum wage is more than an abstract political issue. Some students work low-wage jobs to help pay tuition or cover their living expenses; others might do so after graduation, when they will have an average of almost $30,000 in student loan debt.