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For a couple years now, workers and everyday people across the country are taking action for better wages, working conditions and the right to form a union.

And they’ve been winning.




Last year, both Seattle and San Francisco voted to raise their minimum wage to $15/hr over the next few years.

Chicago raised their minimum wage last December to $13 by 2019.

And for the latest victory, Los Angeles just raised their minimum wage to $15 by 2020.

This is just the beginning.

In Iowa, CCI members and everyday people are starting to take action. On April 15, CCI launched its Fight for $15 campaign and it has taken off!

And here’s what they’re doing and where you can get plugged in if you want to take action:

  • Fast Food Fridays: Supportive honks by those who pass by, chants of #fightfor15!, and signs galore…every second and fourth Friday of the month folks rally outside of a different fast food restaurant to spread the word, get folks excited, engage the workers and pass out palm cards.  We’re successfully building momentum – we’ve already put our feet in the streets for four Fast Food Fridays!
  • Staff and members during the week (or whenever folks are craving a burger) pass out palm cards to workers around the Des Moines area and encourage them to sign a petition on our Fight for $15 website.


Want to join us?

  • Come to our next Fast Food Friday on June 12th, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.!
  • Friends and family in your life who are not being paid a living wage? Send them this petition!



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The Fight for $15 movement is on fire!

Across the nation, three cities have passed $15/hr legislation, three others are soon-to-follow, and a dozen others are proposing legislation to raise their local minimum wages despite the stagnant federal wage that has sat at $7.25 since 2007.

min wage myths

Low-wage workers have been rising up and fighting for better pay and working conditions since 2012. Their efforts have sparked a revolution which has corporations feeling the heat. These companies and their lobbyists are working to extinguish the movement by pushing out myths intending to scare workers into submission.

We’re here to shed some light on these myths and give you the truth about raising the minimum wage.


MYTH: Minimum wage jobs are for teenagers.

Incredibly few low-wage jobs are for teenagers. The average low-wage worker is 35 years old. In fact, 88% of minimum wage earners are over 20 years old, half are over 30, and almost one third are over 40.


MYTH: Raising the minimum wage will cause severe job loss.

According to the US Department of Labor, minimum wage increases have had little to no negative effect on employment as shown through studies by credited economists. These studies also demonstrate how wage increases reduce employee turnover, saving companies money on training costs.


MYTH: Our economy will suffer and costs of goods will skyrocket.

No, our economy will not suffer. Local wage increases around the US in the past year have improved economic stimulation for local economies. As for inflation, well, that depends on the consumers and the products. First, any inflation caused by a raise in the minimum wage would be small. Second, better wages always amplifies the purchase-power for low-wage workers and rarely affects workers of high incomes. For example, a raise in the minimum wage will affect the price of a burger from McDonald’s (barely) but it will not affect the price of a luxury car.


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  • Contact us for more information. !Hablamos español!
  • Join as an Iowa CCI member
  • Sign up for our email Action List


Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (Iowa CCI) is a grassroots, member-led organization that builds the power of everyday people to secure social, economic, environmental and racial justice for all.  We fundamentally believe that everyday people can be a powerful force for justice and that people most directly impacted by an issue should be in the driver’s seat – making decisions and taking leadership roles.  We get things done on tough issues by being strategic, persistent, and by dealing directly with decision-makers.


We are seeking an intern from June – August who would be part of the Worker Justice team working for a $15 minimum wage and better working conditions. We are working to engage fast food workers to take action with us for a better workplace and wages.


Candidates should be available to work 20-40 hours/week, depending on availability. This person would reach out to different communities in Des Moines and Central Iowa to identify, engage and mobilize workers. We are looking for someone who is passionate about social justice, outgoing, energized and driven, can work well as part of a team, wants to learn about community organizing, knows how to converse with others in an engaging manner and willing to get your hands dirty to make change in Iowa.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Palm card canvassing
    • 6-10 hours/week of handing our palm cards to workers and directing them to our website
    • Engage workers while you’re palm card canvassing
  • Tabling/Petitioning
    • Keep track of tabling opportunities in the Des Moines area and inform staff
    • Recruit CCI members and staff to help table
    • Be the primary tabling person
    • Bring all necessary materials
    • Engage and have good conversations with petition signers
  • Follow up with workers and petition signers
    • Send timely follow up to all people with a letter or email
    • Communicate with staff about who makes sense to meet with 1-on-1 to engage further in organizing work
  • Work with staff to find creative new ways to engage workers
    • Work with staff to critique and find better ways to engage workers


Secondary Responsibilities:

  • Turnout for events
  • Be at our bi-monthly “Fast Food Fridays” where we rally outside of a fast food restaurant in support of workers and raising the minimum wage


This is an unpaid internship. We will work with your school to make sure you get credit if that applies.


How to apply

Email resume by May 31, 2015 to:

Bridget Fagan, Worker Justice Organizer,


>> Please put “Fight for $15 intern” in the subject line.


Women, LGBTQ and People of Color strongly encouraged to apply.



Thousands upon thousands are taking to the streets across the nation for our right to a living wage – for the Fight for $15.


We’re joining them – let’s go Iowa!


Across the nation, cities, states and large retailers, even Walmart, are taking action to raise the minimum wage. Iowa needs to do the same. In September of 2015, Johnson County passed a $10.10 wage – it’s time for all 99 counties in the state to follow suit, and pass a wage that respects the dignity of workers.



We brought the Fight for $15 to Iowa in 2015, and it was a year for the books. Thanks to you having conversations, rallying outside of fast food restaurants, holding franchise owners accountable, writing into your papers and standing up for worker’s rights, we started to see a change in the perception of the Fight for $15 in Iowa. Folks know we need a living wage. They’re talking about, and many are taking to the streets for it.


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