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Kansas City fast-food workers walk off the job in Fight for 15 protest

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Minimum wage demonstrations are not new to Kansas City. In September of 2017, hundreds of people gathered to demand a higher minimum wage. (KCTV5) Minimum wage demonstrations are not new to Kansas City. In September of 2017, hundreds of people gathered to demand a higher minimum wage. (KCTV5)
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Fast-food workers across the Kansas City area walked off the job on Monday, in an effort to get more money to support their families.

Employees at McDonald's restaurants in the metro walked away from their jobs, protesting for a $15 minimum wage.

The demonstration is part of a nationwide protest for a livable wage.

Minimum wage demonstrations are not new to Kansas City. In September of 2017, hundreds of people gathered to demand a higher minimum wage.

Workers are also asking for union rights, to help with retirement and healthcare benefits.

Protest organizers are encouraging demonstrators to carry signs saying, “I am a _____”.

Monday marks the 50th anniversary of the Memphis, TN sanitation strike, where hundreds of people went on strike demanding a raise and carrying signs saying, “I am a man”.

In 1968, the minimum wage was about $1.60 per hour. Now, adjusting for inflation, that's more than $11 per hour.

People against a pay increase say it would instead lead to reduced work hours and layoffs.

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