Greenville fast food workers rally for $15 an hour minimum wages

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – People with the Fight for 15 and the Poor People’s Campaign came together Monday to rally outside the McDonald’s on Memorial Drive and Stantonsburg Road.

More than a dozen fast food workers chanted and marched for a higher minimum wage and workplace equality.

This effort was held on the 50th anniversary of the Memphis Sanitation Strike in 1968, when a group of African American men gathered to demand a raise in wages to $2 an hour.

According to protesters and organizers, their request for $15 an hour is equivalent to the increase years ago due to inflation.

Serena Sanders said she balances school and a part time job and barely supports herself.

“Even when we work them extra hours our check is not right there where it needs to because taxes,” said Sanders. “Then we got to wait a whole year to get all that money back, and we still don’t even get that money back that we worked for. Why not $15?”

Many of the protesters said the rally was not only for fast food workers but also for those who make minimum wage and deserve more.

People we spoke with who are against the Fight for 15 said changing minimum wage won’t help anybody in the long run because of inflation.

However the people who were here rallying said they are going to keep fighting for what they believe is right.

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