Socialist Forum: Raising Wages

March 22, 2015 - 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Making the Minimum Wage a Living Wage in Syracuse, a panel discussion and Q&A.

Unprecedented productivity gains in the economy have been translated into profits for owners and stagnant wages for workers. This panel will discuss the effects of low wages on workers and those entering the workforce, the living wage, and organizing for change.

Panel members include: Sandy Arias, an activist with $15 NOW!. She’ll discuss the organmizing efforts in NYC and the success of Kshama Sawant and others in raising the minimum wage in Seattle. Rebecca Fuentes, an immigant rights activist and coordinator of the Workers’ Center of CNY. She works with framworkers throughout New York state. Jesse Harasta, a teacher and researcher at Cazenovia College and is working on the Syracuse Living Wage Study. Howie Hawkins, active in the Green & Socialist paries. His 2014 Green Party campaign for governor advocated a $15 minimum wage. He is also a truck unloader at UPS and a Teamster.

For more information call 315-478-0793 or email

Free and open to the public.