The Fight for $15: Thousands across the U.S. to strike for higher minimum wage, union rights


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CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46) — Fast-food workers across the United States will take to the streets in protest Tuesday, demanding $15 an hour and union rights.

Workers in Charlotte will begin their strike at 6 a.m. outside the McDonald’s located at 2301 Central Ave. in Plaza Midwood, according to a memo Monday from Fight for $15.

Fight for $15 is a nonprofit group made up of fast-food, health care, child care, education, airport, retail, building services and other workers.

“We are going to hit hard — pushing our most disruptive protests yet on Nov. 29. We’re expanding our movement to nearly 20 airports serving 2 million passengers a day, and risking arrest via mass civil disobedience in front of McDonald’s restaurants from Detroit to Denver,” their website reads. 

According to the group, Charlotte workers will join fast-food workers at 5 p.m. Tuesday from across North Carolina at a McDonald’s in Durham located at 2010 N. Roxboro Street. 

The North Carolina minimum wage is currently $7.25 an hour.

House Bill 2, the bill signed into law in March 2016 that limits legal protections for LGBT individuals in government facilities, also states that cities and counties in North Carolina cannot set a minimum wage standard for private employers.

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