Workers join nationwide strike for higher wages - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Workers join nationwide strike for higher wages

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Workers in Memphis joined a nationwide effort to raise the minimum wage.

Outside McDonald's on Third Street, people gathered to strike for higher wages and union rights.

Similar protests over the past few years have blocked roads and even ended with several people in jail.

About 50 protesters, ranging from fast food cooks to health care employees, stood united on Tuesday.

Sepia Coleman, a home care worker, said they are standing for something everyone deserves.

“To have a decent pay to make a decent living for their family and for themselves,” Coleman said.

National organizers called this nationwide strike a "Day of Disruption," representing fast food cooks, cashiers, baggage handlers, air plane cabin cleaners, and hospital workers.

“Enough is enough; we're out here fighting for what we believe in,” Coleman said.

More than a dozen Memphis police cars were on standby.

“We all come peacefully,” Burger King employee Xavier Hibler said. “It's a whole lot of families that struggle, and we're just trying to make it to have a living wage.”

Others like Dominique Broom said that while she understands the need to make a living, she said the responsibilities don’t match the wage they are asking for.

“15 is Just a little bit too much, because you have to keep in mind you have an entry-level job,” Broom said.

The protesters said this is all about surviving.

“I know that everybody deserves to have a decent pay to make a decent living for their family and for themselves,” Coleman said.

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