BUFFALO (WKBW) About two dozen king-led protestors marched in front of the Burger King on Seneca Street in South Buffalo Monday afternoon, pushing for higher wages and also opposing the merger of Burger King and Canada-based Tim Hortons, because the picketers claim it's tax-dodging.
"Going over to Canada, they're dodging their taxes here in America and we just think that's not ok," Kirk Laubenstein of the Coalition for Economic Justice said.
But a statement from the fast food giant claims otherwise, that the move "is not tax-driven - it's about global growth for both brands. BKC will continue to pay all of our federal, state and local U.S. taxes."
The other big topic of the Labor Day protest was the push for higher wages at places like Burger King.
"Workers deserve fair wages and these companies can afford to pay their workers wages that they can afford to live on," Andy Reynolds of the Coalition for Economic Justice said.
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was also in Buffalo on Labor Day, touting work done by the state on behalf of protecting workers, as well as the problems still out there.
"The epidemic of abuse of low wage workers and fast food workers and these franchises, and not just the franchises, but in some cases aided and abetted by the parent corporations is an important area to discuss, that has been a real issue throughout Western New York," he said.
Most of those workers, making minimum wage. President Obama was at a labor rally in Wisconsin on Monday, talking about that subject specifically.
"There is no denying a simple truth, America deserves a raise," the President said. "I'm not asking for the moon, I just want a good deal for American workers."
Monday's protest was just one of many going on across the country on Labor Day. Labor leaders say wages will be the next big fight for unions and organized labor, a fight that will go on well beyond just the holiday itself.