The fight for the $15 minimum wage needs to be seen as part of a larger struggle. The results of a successful fight for a higher minimum wage will be positive for a limited time. Fighting for a higher wage in the United States must be accompanied by fighting for better working conditions and wages globally.
A stagnant minimum wage redistributes income from workers to owners and managers and, ultimately, shareholders and customers. Minimum-wage increases reverse this redistribution so that workers win back a little bit of what they have lost. That is a good thing -- and an excellent beginning for the new year!