Fast food workers and union supporters take their “Fight for 15” crusade for a $15.00 an hour minimum wage, marching right into a Phoenix Mc Donald’s Thursday, as a couple of customers dining during the midday hours looked on. This rally was first held outside a block away from the

24th Street and Osborn location, before the group took the bold step of continuing their rally, bull horn and all, inside the restaurant. Inside, they chanted, “forget the burgers, forget the fries, make our wages supersize.”

The activists demand Arizona follow New York’s move, which has now raised the minimum wage to $15.00 an hour. 17 year old Virdiana Molina earns $8.50 at this Mc Donald’s where rally was staged. Although she earns slightly above the $8.05 minimum wage for Arizona, Molina says she and her mom, who also works at the same Mc Donald’s, can’t make ends meet.

Molina says, despite the two incomes, they’ve had to forgo thing like gas and lights because they don’t make enough money. She adds, a fast food job may look easy, but there’s a lot of hard work involved in serving customers and keeping everything else on an even keel, so “we deserve” a higher wage.

The manager allowed the protesters to briefly demonstrate inside the restaurant before they left. But not before presenting a cake celebrating New York’s wage hike at the counter. Unlike previous demonstrations, this one avoided the busy lunch hour.

—Barbara Villa

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