Since April, CCI members have taken action two Fridays a month by rallying outside of a local McDonald’s to Fight for $15 during our Fast Food Fridays. Thank you!

The response from the public has been overwhelmingly supportive. Because of you, we’re changing the dialogue around a living wage here in Des Moines and in Iowa. Not to mention we had tons of fun doing it!

The next step in our Fight for $15 is to push for a local ordinance to raise the wage in Polk County! 

We’ll be in contact about this more after the new year but wanted to give you a sneak peek of some exciting new stuff on the horizon!

We hope you’ll continue to stand with us.

Don’t live in Polk County? That’s ok! We want other counties to pass living wage ordinances too. Get the ball rolling by writing a letter to your local county supervisors and tell them why your county needs to raise the wage. Questions about what a living wage ordinance is? Call Maddie at 515.282.0484.

Thank you for all you do.


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Three dozen CCI members and activists took action in the spirit of Labor Day by lifting up the need for all workers to make a living wage and better quality workplace conditions!


Members went to the McDonald’s on East 14th St in Des Moines where we received an outpouring of support from passing cars and people – honks filled the air. Iowans know we need $15/hr! After, we marched to the Capitol where we called on legislators to take action immediately when the session starts to raise the wage to a living wage.

Check out photos here!

CCI launched the Fight for $15 campaign in August, joining the national movement for a $15/hr minimum wage, better working conditions and a union.

This is how YOU can get involved in this critical movement:

Fast Food Fridays! We call on a McDonald’s to raise their wage every second and fourth Friday of the month with a rally! It’s fun, and we need your voice!

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“I read somewhere that we have certain unalienable rights: the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Well, I can’t pursue happiness on $7.25 an hour!”




Doug Hunter, fast food worker and Fight for $15 movement leader, rocked the room last week during our meeting on how we’re going to win $15/hr in Iowa. He was joined by Caleb Jennings – SEIU’s Fight for $15 Chicago Director.

The Fight for $15 campaign is winning big and it’s not surprising – the energy is incredible. Doug shared his inspiring story of how he joined the movement: organizers came into his store and he avoided them because he felt like corporate in a way. But, when his boss told him that he couldn’t talk to the organizers or he would be fired he did just the opposite because that ain’t right!

Since then, Doug has been a leader in the movement – he even went on strike last year after working at McDonald’s for 5 years and only making $9.25/hr.

State after state and city after city are raising their minimum wage. It’s because people like Doug and Caleb are putting their feet in the street and demanding a living wage. They’re excited about what we’re doing in Iowa, and our potential to win $15/hr.


Will you be a part of the #fightfor15 movement?

We’re going to win this.


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


It’s our 40th birthday, and we want to celebrate by

celebrating those who make CCI – our members. Meet Misty!


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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.


Join the Fight

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