SEIU has a long history of standing with workers in their fight for fair compensation. As the cost of living increases but the minimum wage does not, SEIU's worker support continues. SEIU has rallied in the pursuit of fair wages with workers in a variety of vocations including fast food workers, janitors, adjuncts and healthcare workers.
In 1996, SEIU participated in demonstrations advocating for a minimum wage increase. As seen in the photograph of the Minimum Wage Rally on May 23, 1996 in Washington, D.C., workers demonstrated to raise the minimum wage.
The second photograph was taken during a minimum wage rally in Washington, D.C., on July 9, 1996.
These rallying efforts paid off for workers in August 1996, when President Clinton signed the Minimum Wage Bill, increasing the minimum wage from $4.25 to $5.15 over the course of the following year.
As the struggle continues, these glimpses of SEIU's previous contributions to workers' successful endeavors are inspirational. Standing together does culminate in real, positive change for America's workers.
For more images of SEIU's history, see the SEIU Image Galleries at the Walter P. Reuther Library website: http://seiu.me/reuther
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