BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- The ‘Fight for 15′ is growing.
Demonstrators in 270 cities across the nation Tuesday held pickets to push for a fifteen dollar an hour minimum wage that would affect more workers, and affect them sooner than 2021.
In Buffalo, about fifty demonstrators marched in front of the McDonald’s Restaurant at Jefferson and William Street. Fast food workers in New York State will see their minimum wage rise to $15 by the year 2021, but they were joined in protest by local healthcare workers who feel that they deserve the same wage.
“Working on holidays, being there all sorts of hours, and we get mandated to stay if no one else shows up, and we get paid very little.” said healthcare worker Heather Perkins.
Kim Gibson, of the Center for Economic Justice stood by Perkins’ side. “I want my mother to be taken care of by somebody who has everything she needs to take care of her own family.”
Currently, 46% of the US work force earns less than fifteen dollars an hour. Gibson says today’s rallies are aimed at sending a message to the Presidential candidates. “We are fifteen dollar an hour voters. You need to listen to us, you need to pay attent5ion to the needs that we have.”
Opponents of raising the minimum wage argue that it will cause the price of goods to rise, and that could leave the lower paid workers with even less spending power.