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Workers strike for minimum wage increase

Workers picket for better pay (Source: WOIO) Workers picket for better pay (Source: WOIO)
Workers in more than 200 cities went on strike to fight for a minimum wage increase to $15 an hour.

Artheta Peters says it is hard to make ends meet on what she currently earns.

"It's by the grace of god and robbing Peter to pay Paul faithfully," said Peters.

That method has become a way of life for the past 25 years for Peters, who is a mother of six.

"I work really hard to make sure that they have what they need and it doesn't make sense that at the end of the day in still struggling to meet my own needs," said Peters.

Peters is a home care worker who loves her job, but earns less than $15 dollars an hour.

"Most home care workers are working 10 to 12 hours a day. Which means that our children at home are either being supervised by older siblings or in child care for numerous hours or left unattended," said Peters.

Hundreds of protesters in the adjunct, fast food, and home care fields share those same concerns and they want their voices heard.

"It's important for our communities to come together and figure out how we can build an economy that works for all of is," said James Hayes.

Like Peters, Hayes has his own struggles. He and his wife are working to pay off her student loans totaling $50,000.

"Even though both of us have jobs, it's a conversation about debt. It lingers over us, and we aren't sure if we can start a family," said Hayes.

Not everyone is on board though, particularly some small businesses that worry about overhead costs going up.

Peters doesn't see it that way. She says the increase in hourly pay must happen now.

"With assistance from the government you should not have to do when you work hard everyday and your a tax paying citizen. You shouldn't have to depend on the government for anything," said Peters.
 
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