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Minimum wage rallies planned in 340 U.S. cities

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 01:13

Fast food workers, airport employees, child care workers and Uber drivers are among the protesters planning rallies in some 340 U.S. cities, the first such mass protest for a $15 minimum wage since billionaire Donald Trump was elected president. Mana Rabiee reports.

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It's the first so-called "Fight for Fifteen" protest since Donald Trump was elected president. And its just one of many planned for more than 300 U.S. cities by workers demanding a $15 federal minimum wage, as well as union rights and immigration reform. Here in Manhattan, hundreds of demonstrators held their pre-dawn rally outside a McDonald's, dozens of them linking arms and refusing to move for morning traffic. Police arrested some two dozen for disorderly conduct. Trump, a billionaire businessman last year said wages for U.S. workers were "too high", and make the U.S. uncompetitive. He has since said that the minimum wage of $7.25 an hour should go up, but that states should take the lead. Tuesday's nationwide protesters are largely fast food restaurant workers. And they're targeting McDonald's in particular. But employees from nearly 20 airports, as well as child care workers and Uber drivers, are also expected to join.

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Minimum wage rallies planned in 340 U.S. cities

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 01:13