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Labor Day: Union rallies demand raises, decry employers

05 Sep 2017 6:08 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

Panda Express employee Yasmin Fernandez, center, speaks to workers during the SEIU rally and protest for higher wages at McDonald's in San Jose, California, on Monday, September 4, 2017. Bay Area workers are joining the national 'Fight for $15' protest and are part of a nationwide union organized Labor Day action. (LiPo Ching/Bay Area News Group)

Outside a McDonald’s restaurant on North First Street in San Jose, protesters agitated for $15 minimum wage, then stormed through the restaurant, banging drums and calling on bullhorns for better pay — to the bewilderment of Opening Manager Chris Sin.

Marching on San Tomas Aquino Creek Trail next to Dell, demonstrators scolded the tech giant for dumping janitorial contractors last year after workers won the right to unionize, and for replacing them with lower-paid, part-time workers. At at the Community Child Care Council of Santa Clara County, they demanded speedier contract negotiations for workers who unionized two years ago.

Despite the resurgent national economy, soaring local housing costs and stagnant wages have squeezed the lowest-paid workers.

“Workers in the service industry and child-care sector who are the backbone of our tech economy have not seen any of those economic gains and have been left behind,” said Riko Mendez, Local 521’s chief elected officer.

More At Source: Mercury News

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