As workers and labor turn to local law-making to achieve gains, their role in a debate over how to ethically and consciously devolve some power to localities seems inevitable.
Minimum wage is a poverty wage. Let's make 2015 the year for $15 an hour - and really have something to celebrate next New Year.
Andrew Smith is the author of "Totally Wired: on the Trail of the Great Dotcom Swindle" and"Moondust: In Search of the Men Who Fell to Earth." You can follow him at @wiresmith.