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.
Paul Engler is founding director of the Center for the Working Poor, in Los Angeles. He can be reached via the website DemocracyUprising.com.