Fast-food work­ers, oth­ers rally in push for higher pay

The Covington News - - BUSINESS -


(AP) — Fast-food work­ers ral­lied in Col­lege Park and planned an­other demon­stra­tion in At­lanta as they and oth­ers across the na­tion call for the fed­eral min­i­mum wage to be raised to $15.

Or­ga­niz­ers say they chose April 15 — tax day — to demon­strate be­cause they want the public to know that many low-wage work­ers must rely on public as­sis­tance to make ends meet.

In Ge­or­gia, pro­test­ers ral­lied in Col­lege Park at 6 a.m. Wed­nes­day. They planned an­other demon­stra­tion at 5 p.m. at Clark At­lanta Uni­ver­sity.

Na­tion­wide, the Fight for $15 cam­paign is be­ing spear­headed by the Ser­vice Em­ploy­ees In­ter­na­tional Union and be­gan in late 2012 with fast-food work­ers. Since then, or­ga­niz­ers have used the spot­light to rally a va­ri­ety of low-wage work­ers, in­clud­ing air­port work­ers, home care work­ers and ad­junct pro­fes­sors.

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