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Higher minimum wage advocates protest in Huntington

Herald-Dispatch photo by Lori Wolfe  From left, Ethan Young, Joe Wyatt, Bob Adkins and others protest for higher wages on Nov. 10, 2015, in the 100 block of 5th Avenue in Huntington.
Herald-Dispatch photo by Lori Wolfe
From left, Ethan Young, Joe Wyatt, Bob Adkins and others protest for higher wages on Nov. 10, 2015, in the 100 block of 5th Avenue in Huntington.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Local workers from Huntington and Portsmouth gathered outside area establishments to protest as part of the “Fight for $15” campaign, which aims to raise wages and support unions for those living on minimum wage across the nation.

“Fight for $15” implemented a nationwide protest at fast-food establishments and city halls on Nov. 10, one year before the presidential election, to bring attention to its platform of a federal minimum wage of $15 and union rights. Over 270 cities were scheduled to participate, according to Service Employees International Union District 1199.

Starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday, 10 representatives stood outside the McDonald’s in the first block of 5th Avenue in Huntington. The Portsmouth protest started at noon at Portsmouth City Hall.

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