Several hundred fast food and low-wage workers turn out across the United States to demand more rights at work, including a wage hike and union representation. Rough Cut – subtitled (no reporter narration).
In the pelting rain, hundreds of fast food and low-wage workers in New York City turned out in droves to demand more rights at work. Their demands were clear: a wage hike, and union benefits. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NANCY FLORES, FAST FOOD WORKER, SAYING: "Support for union rights. Support for everybody else who needs to get paid 15 dollars an hour, not only McDonald's workers or fast food workers. We all as workers deserve 15 dollars an hour." (SOUNDBITE) (English) GABRIELLE HATCHER, RESTAURANT SERVER, SAYING: "I mean five dollars an hour, you can't live a life of dignity or consistency." In Los Angeles, the 'Fight for $15', which staged hundreds of strikes in cities across the U.S., took their fight indoors at one McDonald's. They then took their march to City Hall. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PAM STEVENSON SAYING: "Because we're trying to raise the standard of living for all and if we start with the community by raising the minimum wage, that's a minimum wage that all people can live by. Nobody can live off of nine dollars anymore." Organizers say the protesters include workers from McDonald's, Wendy's, Burger King, and other restaurants. With the issue of income inequality looming over the 2016 presidential election, many here hope their call will catch the attention of the candidates.