Fast-food workers and activists came together Thursday in south Sacramento to rally for a $15 minimum wage.
The rally was sparked by the New York Wage Board's vote to increase the minimum wage for New York City fast-food workers to $15 by 2018. Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment organizer Estuardo David Mazariegos said the decision had inspired a "day of action" for workers across the country.
While Mazariegos and others at the rally chanted for a $15 wage, he acknowledged that the cost of living in Sacramento was much lower than in New York City – or in Seattle or Los Angeles, which have also approved $15 minimum wages.
"It's about making sure we find that sweet spot in Sacramento," Mazariegos explained. "Obviously, the economy is a bit different. So, it's about making sure we have protections for small businesses, meaning that we implement the $15 an hour slowly."