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Tavis Smiley Reports on the Impact of Raising the Minimum Wage On “Getting Ahead” Friday, October 7 at 9 p.m. on PBS

October 15, 2016

by wnet : prnewswire – excerpt

Documentary is the latest offering in WNET’s “Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America” initiative

NEW YORK, Sept. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — This election year, one of the hot button issues is the minimum wage. The “Fight for Fifteen,” as it is called, began in New York City on November 29, 2012, when over 100 hundred fast food workers walked off their jobs, going out on strike, for a $15 hourly wage and union rights. Since then, the “Fight for Fifteen” has become a national initiative, a plank in the Democratic Party Platform, and an issue Republicans would like to see handled on the state and local level.  Only a handful of cities have already put in place significant wage increases.

This fall, Getting Ahead, a one-hour documentary from Tavis Smiley and WNET, airing Friday, October 7 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings), reports on the real consequences of the “Fight for Fifteen” for both wage earners and  small business owners in California, the first state to raise the minimum wage. The documentary takes a discerning look at how increasing the minimum wage is playing out in four Northern California cities – San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley and Emeryville – where pay increases have been in place for at least two years, pre-dating the 2016 statewide mandated minimum wage increases…(more)

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