By Kelsea Graham
April 14 was Equal Pay Day: A day symbolic of how far into the new year the average American woman would have to work to earn what the average man did the year before. Today, a day later, workers are rallying across the United States to raise the minimum wage to $15. The fight for fair wages seems to be creating controversy on its trending hashtag on Twitter. The result? Thorough coverage by a myriad of both local and national publications.
Fortune published a few comprehensive charts on who makes minimum wage, finding 42 percent of U.S. workers make less than that. To no surprise, the service industry dominates this category. Some turned to Twitter to argue that service workers deserve less than. Others justified the movement.
Mixed opinions on social media are not enough to provide the whole story and truly inform the public of the issue. That’s where news organizations come into play.
Huffington Post‘s Philip Jennings published an article on why he thinks this fight for a higher minimum wage should matter to all of us. Here is a good paragraph that sums up his tone and overall message:
The Fight for 15 rallies to be held on April 15 across America and around the world are not only the culmination of this collective worker-led struggle, they are also the breeding ground for a new generation of trade unionists who will accept nothing less than a decent day’s pay for a decent day’s work.
ABC News came out with an article stating the Big Mac would only cost 68 cents more if the minimum wage were doubled. Even The Guardian has live updates covering individual demonstrations across America.
Twitter users continue to share articles pertaining to information and coverage of the event. Is the news coverage on this movement is fair? From what you’ve seen, do you think both arguments have been represented?