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Sherrette Spicer

Local Leader
Fight for 15 campaign
Fast food worker Sherrette Spicer of Birmingham Alabama will give us an update from the front lines of the fight for fair wages. Birmingham workers won a big victory when in February 2016, the City Council approved a measure raising the city's minimum hourly wage to $10.10 from the federal minimum of $7.25. Their struggle was featured on the front page of the New York Times. However, just days later, Republican Gov. Robert Bentley voided the decision by signing House Bill 174, a law that bans Alabama cities from setting their own wage floors. Now an NAACP-led coalition is in court arguing that the state preemption law infringes on the civil rights of Birmingham workers.

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