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Buffalo fast food workers join national Labor Day Strike

WNY workers demand more pay, union rights
Buffalo fast food workers join national Labor Day Strike
Posted at 5:24 PM, Sep 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-04 17:26:35-04

Workers across the country rallied together today, and Western New Yorkers stood with them as part of a nationwide call for fast food workers to earn $15 dollars an hour, as well as the right to unionize.

While New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has already committed to raising wages to the requested $15 dollars an hour, his proposal grows salaries over the course of several years, and those in the fast food industry, like local worker Andrew Tripp, say it's not enough.

"I have bills right now, I need to eat this week.  It's great if there's $15 an hour in six years, but that doesn't help my situation now."

And when it comes to unionizing, Tripp says the opportunity is just as important as earning the $15 an hour.  "I wouldn't be going up against my employer alone."