Castro to strike with McDonald's employees in North Carolina

Castro to strike with McDonald's employees in North Carolina
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Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro will join striking McDonald's employees in North Carolina on Thursday to demand improved working conditions.

"We need to stand with workers now more than ever to demand fair pay, better working conditions, and the right to unionize,” the former Housing and Urban Development secretary said in a statement.

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“I'm proud to join the Fight for $15 and McDonald’s employees from across the country to stand up for workers' rights and ensure they have a seat at the table to negotiate."

Fight for $15, an organization advocating an increased federal minimum wage, praised Castro's scheduled attendance at the strike in Durham, N.C., which is one of planned actions at the fast-food chain's outlets across the country.

“When we joined together and went on strike for $15 and union rights seven years ago, nobody gave us a shot, but now candidates for president of the United States are standing right by our side,” Grace Glahn, a Des Moines, Iowa, McDonald’s worker, said.

“Winning support from 2020 hopefuls shows that when we stand up and speak out, we are a powerful force," Glahn added. "We are going to keep on striking until McDonald’s hears us.”

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“As the son of a union worker, I fully support the right of McDonald’s workers to unionize,” the former Maryland congressman said in a statement. “Unions create safe work environments and fight for the rights of all workers.”

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Updated 12:27 p.m.