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Minimum wage protests planned in 340 cities

Minimum wage protests planned in 340 cities
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Organizers behind a movement to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour are promising its “largest, most disruptive protest ever” in response to Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpCorsi sues Mueller for alleged leaks and illegal surveillance Comey: Trump 'certainly close' to being unindicted co-conspirator Trump pushes back on reports that Ayers was first pick for chief of staff MORE’s stunning victory in the 2016 presidential election.

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On the fourth anniversary of the movement to raise wages, tens of thousands of low-wage workers will protest next Tuesday in 340 cities around the country, as they demand higher pay. Strikes are planned by bagged handlers at Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and workers at McDonald’s restaurants around the country.

The “Fight for $15” protests will also hit Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Newark International Airport (EWR), and about 20 other airports in major cities, organizers said on a call with reporters Monday.

“Just because the election went a certain way, doesn’t mean we’re going away,” said Kendall Fells, organizing director of the Fight for $15.

“It’s the exact opposite.”

On the campaign trail, Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersCongress digs in for prolonged Saudi battle Santorum: Dems have a chance in 2020 if they pick someone ‘unexpected’ Dems have new moniker for Trump: ‘Unindicted co-conspirator' MORE called for raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, while Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSantorum: Dems have a chance in 2020 if they pick someone ‘unexpected’ Trump should heed a 1974 warning penned by Bush NRCC breach exposes gaps 2 years after Russia hacks MORE also voiced support for an increase in pay for low-wage workers. But Trump’s message on minimum wage was inconsistent, at times indicating he would support an increase in the minimum wage and at other times suggesting workers make too much money.

The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.

Raising the minimum wage is a “winning issue,” Fells said.

“On Election Day, even as Donald Trump won, ballot initiatives to raise the minimum wage passed in all five states,” he said.

Fells said there would be “thousands of folks” protesting at each airport.

The Fight for $15 movement is expecting “tens of thousands” of protesters from all walks of life, including baggage handlers, airline cabin cleaners, airport wheelchair attendants, janitors, cooks, home care workers, child care providers, teachers and graduate assistants.