Seattle socialist city council member Kshama Sawant prevailed over Amazon in her recent reelection. Sawant won by using the same strategies that make for successful workplace organizing — strategies that socialists around the country could take up against the corporate behemoths that want them to lose.
Jonathan Rosenblum is the author of Beyond $15: Immigrant Workers, Faith Activists and the Revival of the Labor Movement and a member of the National Writers Union/UAW 1981.
Since first winning office in 2013, Seattle socialist city councilmember Kshama Sawant has pushed a $15 minimum wage, landmark renters’ rights legislation, free public transit, and more. Which is why Amazon has declared war on her.
Jeff Bezos doesn't deserve any praise for the recent raise at Amazon — not least because $15 isn't anywhere near enough.
The Fight for $15's successes in Seattle show that the campaign can achieve victories far beyond the fast food industry.