LAS VEGAS – As a university scholar, Kamala Harris labored at McDonald’s.
On Friday afternoon, she visited a Las Vegas location of her former workplace to push for a $15 minimal wage – all whereas campaigning for a brand new job: President of the USA.
“I did the french fries and I did the ice cream,” stated the Democratic senator from California, surrounded by staff of the quick-food franchise as they rallied around the country demanding larger pay and the suitable to a union. “There was not a household relying on me to pay the lease, put meals on desk, and hold the payments paid by the top of the month – however the actuality of McDonald’s is that a majority of the parents who are working there as we speak are relying on that revenue to maintain a family and a household.”
Harris is among the majority of Democratic presidential candidates who help raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, up from $7.25.
“If we need to speak about these golden arches being a logo of the perfect of America, properly, the arches are falling brief,” Harris stated. “We’ve got acquired to recognize that working individuals deserved livable wages.”
McDonald’s Corp. has stated it recognizes staff’ rights to hitch labor unions. The company also says it doesn’t control wages in their franchise eating places but that the typical starting wage at corporate-owned restaurants exceeds $10 an hour.
As temperatures approached triple digits Friday afternoon, Harris chanted and helped carry a big banner as she, fast food staff and other activists marched by means of the parking zone of a McDonald’s just east of the Las Vegas Strip.
Union staff held indicators of the #FightFor15 marketing campaign – and they chanted:
“No fifteen, no peace!”
“If we do not get our fifteen, we do not get not peace!”
“We work, we sweat, put fifteen dollars on our verify!”
Michael Collins, a 68-yr-previous registered nurse at University Medical Middle and SEIU Nevada Local 1107 member, watched Harris within the crowd.
“These minimum wage jobs have no alternative for individuals to make a dwelling and help a household,” he stated. “It is simply not attainable.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, former Obama housing secretary Julian Castro and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders have all appeared with staff of the quick-meals big across the nation. Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker have been expected to hitch McDonald’s staff at a rally in South Carolina on Saturday.
Earlier Friday, Harris toured a regulation clinic on the…