"Flipping burgers do not require a $15 wage! Want more money? Get a better job!" This is a very simplified summary of how people reacted to protests in late 2012 to fast food workers, home carers, convenience store employees, etc. to walking off their jobs to protest wage theft, the inability to form a union and the fact that wages in places like the fast food industry simply cannot and do not provide enough income for people to save and live upon without multiple jobs.
Author Rolf takes a look at the history of the movement, from how we got here and to why we are at this point. Everything from political decisions to business moves to tracing the path of unions (Rolf is also currently the president of a union), Rolf gives us an overview of the movement, with discussions of what happened in places like Seattle, New York and San Francisco.
It wasn't a bad read and I thought it would be especially helpful since while I did not follow the initial protests closely nor do I consider economics/finance/business a strength I thought this would be a good pickup. If you're completely unfamiliar with the movement and haven't followed the conversations about this, the book might be a good read. As for me I felt it was a little repetitive, a little too basic and I was surprised at how much I already knew. Maybe not the specific details and stats but I understood the gist of much of his arguments and stances and was a bit disappointed it was more about "how we got here" vs. "where we go from here."
He does address the future and how we move forward but I also wish he had more discussions about places that are not Seattle, SF or NY. I fully understand why he'd give more focus to those areas but one nuance to the argument includes whether the Fight for 15 needs to be adjusted for areas that do not have the same expenses/standards of living and whether some place like SF or NY might need even *higher* wages above $15 whereas some place like say Topeka, KS (for example) would find a $12 wage more sustainable vs. $15. This book doesn't quite address that which is fine. It just means I need to go elsewhere in light of tracking this particular topic within the conversation.
As others say, sometimes there's a lot of data/info drops which can be a turnoff or overwhelming. YMMV though.
Interesting book but not quite what I was looking for and perhaps misses certain points in the discussion. Still not a bad read, though. Would recommend it as a borrow.