Workers in East Liverpool Protest for Higher Wages

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Workers across the country are rallying to demand higher wages. On Tuesday, one of those protests took place in East Liverpool.

Protesters say they are fighting for those in the fast food, nursing, child care, and education industries, to have affordable wages.

They were holding signs urging elected officials to raise pay to at least $15 an hour so families can afford to live comfortably.

In Ohio, there are 2.43 million workers paid less than $15 an hour.

“There are people out there that are working really hard, and they can’t afford to feed their families. So what SEIU is doing is trying to raise awareness so everybody has a fair chance, so everybody can have a working wage,” said Mimi Tambellini.

Tambellini says it’s an exciting time because already, in larger cities, minimum wage has been raised to $15 an hour. On Tuesday, Pittsburgh’s Mayor, Bill Peduto called on lawmakers to do the same.

They’re hoping Presidential candidates will take note of the issue for the 2016 election.

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