Hundreds Rally For Higher Minimum Wage

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CHARLOTTE, NC – Moral Monday on Labor Day has minimum wage at the forefront. 

Hundreds of people showed up in Uptown Charlotte calling for a rise in North Carolina’s minimum wage.

“I’m fighting for a living wage. Minimum wage in not enough,” said Danielle Hilton, an East Charlotte resident. 
North Carolina’s minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. Thirteen states have increased their minimum wage over the last year from $0.50 to $3 an hour. Thirteen more states have increases on the way.
“It’s a shame that our legislature is not taking this issue head on and increasing the wages for all the people across the state of North Carolina,” said Brian Casher, a South Charlotte resident.
“This is the most anti-worker, anti-working administration we have seen in recent history,” said  Rev. Dr. William Barber, II.
The Obama Administration wants to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 cents an hour. That’s been stalled, and it’s frustrating for these local workers.
“At $7.25, I’m baffled at how anyone can get by with that and be successful,” said Alma Hernandez, with the National Organization of Women.
There were many voices represented at the rally. Automakers, teachers, postal workers, and fast food workers spoke. 
“Hard working people are working long days, long hours, and they still can’t make it,” said Louise Claude. It’s motivation for these workers to labor for others on Labor Day. 
President Obama used Labor Day to push Congress to raise the minimum wage. While speaking to union members in Wisconsin, he also called for fair pay for women and workplace flexibility for parents.
“I want an economy where your hard work pays off with higher wages and higher income. I’m not asking for the moon! I just want a good deal for American workers!” said Obama.