The U.S. Supreme Court has handed a judicial win - even if only in one big city - to the "Fight for 15 and a union" movement.
Over 20,000 janitors statewide call for a strike against unfair labor practices by janitorial companies who contract with some of the most high-priced real estate owners.
The protests attracted hundreds of thousands of people in 320 cities, including unionists who back the low-paid workers.
Despite some gains in recent years, women still face a tough road to equal pay.
An increasing list of states, tired of GOP-ordered dysfunction in D.C., have raised their minimums.
The celebrations began early, even as California's new minimum wage law was still racing through the state legislature last week.
California's $10/hour minimum - already the highest of any state - would rise gradually to $15 in 2022 for businesses with 26 or more workers.
His name is Kwaku Agyeman, and he has a job pushing wheelchairs for airport passengers who otherwise would have a hard time getting around.
The coalition wrote Wendy's a decade ago, saying the chain should pay decent wages and stop human rights abuses in the fields, following guidelines of the coalition's Fair Food Program.
"They've been treating the workforce like something they can just ignore."