Local protesters are calling for even higher wages

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The protest started with just a couple dozen protesters, but at one point, it grew to more than one hundred people.

These workers marched around Springfield’s North End and went into a McDonald’s across the street, calling for higher wages for all workers.

Thursday night’s gathering in Springfield is part of a statewide movement. Many people told 22News living on $8 to $12 an hour forces people to choose between paying the rent and paying for food.

They want to see all workers making at least $15 an hour. According to Lydia Lebron of Springfield, “Things are so expensive, especially the food. There are a lot of single moms single dads and we need a better life for our future kids.”

Kindalay Cummings Akers of Springfield said she’s a personal care assistant, making about $13 an hour. She said providing for her family is a difficult challenge.

“I bring my paycheck home on Friday, its $396, and I have to pay bills. There’s your rent, your light bill, your gas bill, your car payment, you know what I mean,” said Akers.

McDonald’s sent 22News a news release, saying 80% of their restaurants are independently owned, and they said the chain has a long history of offering advancement opportunities.

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