Wednesday, May 24, 2017|8:49 a.m.
Raising the base pay to $15 an hour would permit working households to manage rent and fundamental facilities and promote the economy, demonstrators outside a main valley lunch counter stated.
Simply more than 2 dozen people, most using red t-shirts with “Defend $15” composed on the front, stood at the corner of Sahara Avenue and Paseo Del Prado today to advocate for a wage walking, part of an across the country demonstration on the morning of the yearly McDonald’s shareholder meeting in Chicago.
“Fast-food employees here have been underappreciated for a long period of time,” said Harold Carnes, a previous employee in the market. “Times have got to alter.”
In a statement, a McDonald’s representative said company-owned restaurants have raised pay and started providing paid time off in the last few years.
“For hundreds of thousands, a job at McDonald’s is their first, and our world-class training and education programs begin developing the skills first-time workers will have to succeed in the workforce,” the statement said.
Eligible workers at company-owned and participating franchised restaurants can also take totally free high school conclusion classes, get college tuition support and discover English as a second language, the statement stated.
Demonstrator Diana Diaz, 48, said she operated at a McDonald’s for nearly 3 years, from 2014 to earlier this year, and made $8.75 an hour. “It just wasn’t enough,” she stated.
Other speakers at the occasion, representing the Progressive Management Alliance of Nevada, chanted over loudspeakers and held a big sign reading “#FightFor 15, We Will not Pull back.”
The protest lasted about 20 minutes.