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USA: Hundreds of airport workers demand $15 minimum wage at rally in DC02:22

USA: Hundreds of airport workers demand $15 minimum wage at rally in DC

United States, Washington, DC
November 29, 2016 at 03:38 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hundreds of striking airport workers marched through Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Washington DC, Tuesday, to demand a living wage of $15 (€14) per hour.

Union representatives, activists, and religious leaders assembled at the rally at Terminal A. Addressing the crowd, one speaker iterated the need to “push forward and make everybody understands that the living wage is what is needed to secure our futures and our families.”

She added: “this is what we are going to do. We will take every step necessary to do it, each and every day, seven days a week, 24 hours a day if we have to.”

The rally was followed by a march to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, where leaders delivered a petition demanding an increase to the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

The 'Fight for $15' movement began in 2012, when around 100 fast-food workers from New York began protesting against low salaries and sub-standard working conditions. The movement has since grown to underpaid workers in different industries, in 300 cities on six continents.

Thousands of people demanding a $15 hourly wage went on strike across the US on Tuesday, including in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles, where some 40 demonstrators were arrested, police say.

USA: Hundreds of airport workers demand $15 minimum wage at rally in DC02:22
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Hundreds of striking airport workers marched through Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Washington DC, Tuesday, to demand a living wage of $15 (€14) per hour.

Union representatives, activists, and religious leaders assembled at the rally at Terminal A. Addressing the crowd, one speaker iterated the need to “push forward and make everybody understands that the living wage is what is needed to secure our futures and our families.”

She added: “this is what we are going to do. We will take every step necessary to do it, each and every day, seven days a week, 24 hours a day if we have to.”

The rally was followed by a march to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, where leaders delivered a petition demanding an increase to the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

The 'Fight for $15' movement began in 2012, when around 100 fast-food workers from New York began protesting against low salaries and sub-standard working conditions. The movement has since grown to underpaid workers in different industries, in 300 cities on six continents.

Thousands of people demanding a $15 hourly wage went on strike across the US on Tuesday, including in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles, where some 40 demonstrators were arrested, police say.