Fast Food Workers Demand $15 an Hour – Eric Alvarez

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Fast Food workers across the country demanded $15 an hour, and a local group says Tennessee needs to keep up with skyrocketing cost of living.

“These people are working really hard,” said Marley Albert, protester.  “Most of them work two and three jobs and can’t survive on what they’re making.”

Tennessee is one of five states that does not have a minimum wage law at all.
The last time Tennesseans saw a wage increase was 2009, when the minimum hourly wage jumped from $6.55 to $7.25.

Protesters say a lot has changed since then.

“The cost of milk cost of a gallon of gasoline rent everything else is gone up and wages haven’t,” Albert said.

Earlier this year a state bill to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 died in committee.

Change can also come from individual cities.  Pittsburgh’s mayor introduced a plan to pay all city employees $15 an hour, according to the Associated Press.

New York’s governor did the same for some 10,000 state employees, according to the AP.
Local protesters sat it’s a start ad local leaders should do the same.

“”We are the it-city for growth,” Albert said.  “We need to be the it-city for workers as well.”

Mayor Megan Barry went on record during her campaign as a supporter of raising the minimum wage, but also said doing so should be a partnership with the state.


Source: fox17
Fast Food Workers Demand an Hour – Eric Alvarez


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