Marchers in Boston seek higher wages

Many held signs bearing messages such as "Fight for $15"

Protesters, including college students, fast-food restaurant employees and other workers, display placards as they march Tuesday, April 14, 2015, in Boston. Organizers of the event are calling for the nation's lowest paid workers to earn at least $15 per hour. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

BOSTON (AP) — Backers of a drive to hike wages for the nation’s lowest paid workers to at least $15 per hour are holding a series of events in Boston.

Several hundred people, including college students, fast-food restaurant employees and other workers gathered for a rally on Tuesday afternoon at Forsyth Park near Northeastern University. Many held signs bearing messages such as “Fight for $15,” ”Stop Corporate Greed,” and “Jobs for Justice.”

The group later planned a march to a McDonald’s restaurant in downtown Boston, with several stops scheduled along the route.

Protesters say Boston is serving as a launching ground for nationwide protests on behalf of low-paid workers.

The Massachusetts Legislature approved a law last year raising the state’s minimum wage in three steps to a U.S.-leading $11 per hour by 2017.

Copyright 2015 Associated Press

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