DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – More than 100 people rallied in Durham Tuesday evening for better wages and benefits as part of the nationwide campaign to increase the minimum wage.
The movement is called “Fight for $15” and it’s an effort to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. The Rev. William Barber, head of the North Carolina NAACP, spoke at the rally. The group then marched through the streets to city hall.
The demonstrators are from many different industries and say they can not live on the current minimum wage.
They are also calling for the ability to unionize.
Those at the rally hope to gain some attention with the coming presidential election. The demonstrators hope minimum wage becomes a big factor in the election.
Michael Walden, an economics professor at N.C. State, said increasing the minimum wage may help workers in the short-term, but it would likely lead to less jobs in the long-run.
“What businesses would have a motivation to do is to try to find ways to push those workers out and bring in technology or maybe even bring in paid workers who can do more things,” said Walden.
The New York Times reported Tuesday that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will create a $15 minimum for state workers. That will make New York the first state to set such a high minimum wage for such a large group of workers, The Times said.