Fast-food workers rally in push for higher wages

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Fast-food restaurant employees, security guards and other workers were scheduled to conduct strikes and rallies Wednesday in their effort to gain a $15-an-hour wage.

Organizers with Service Employees International Union-United Service Workers West said adjunct professors, home care workers, Walmart employees and others will join the job actions.

The rally was specifically chosen for tax day to bring attention that to the fact that many workers make so little money that they rely on government assistance to get by, according to the SEIU-USWW.

Strikes and rallies are set to take place in 200 U.S. cities. In San Diego, security officers will demonstrate at 11 a.m. outside Symphony Towers at 750 B St.

Other strikes will take place at 7 a.m. at a McDonald’s restaurant at 2345 El Cajon Blvd.; at 8:30 a.m, at a Sonic Drive-in, 2829 El Cajon Blvd.; at noon at the State Building, 1350 Front St.; and at 1:30 p.m. at the City Heights/Weingart Library, 3795 Fairmount Ave.

Two afternoon events are scheduled at San Diego State University. At 3:30 p.m., home care workers will rally on Campanile Mall, between the Music Building and Open Air Theatre. At 4:30 p.m., a rally will be held for all types of workers on the Scripps Lawn near Hepner Hall.

Fast-food workers began calling for hourly pay of $15 more than two years ago in New York City. Since then, a minimum wage of $15 an hour has been adopted in cities like Portland, San Francisco and Seattle.

In San Diego, an effort to enact a minimum wage of $11.50 was derailed when business groups collected enough petition signatures to force the issue to the ballot. A public vote is likely next year.

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