Fight for $15 wage hits convention floor

Henrietta Ivey, a home care worker from Detroit, Mich., speaks during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Thursday, July 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Henrietta Ivey, a home care worker from Detroit, Mich., speaks during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Thursday, July 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

The people joined most of the pols Wednesday in pushing for a $15 an hour minimum wage at the Democratic National Convention. Questions remain, though, whether Hillary Clinton is on board.

Henrietta Ivey, a Michigan home care worker who works two minimum wage jobs, believes Clinton will fight for higher wages.

“I believe her steady hand in the Oval Office will help people like me breathe easier and achieve more for me and all health care workers across the nation,” she said. “I know Hillary Clinton has our backs.”

Clinton has backed a $12 an hour minimum wage and supports cities’ rights to set higher wages. The DNC platform endorses a $15 minimum wage after a big push by former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

Thursday night, in her acceptance speech, Clinton said, “If you believe the minimum wage should be a living wage — and no one working full time should have to raise their children in poverty — join us.”

 

Donald Trump has staked out a few positions on the minimum wage. He said earlier this week that it should be raised to “at least $10,” but that “states should really call the shots.”

Ohio’s Beth Mathias works two jobs. Her husband works the nightshift in a factory. They rarely see each other.

“Our life is consumed by work, but we’re still crushed by debt: medical; student loans. We have no savings,” Mathias told receptive delegates. “We work hard, but it feels like the world is against us.”

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