Workers Demand Minimum Wage Increase in Portland

Evening News
program date: 
Wed, 05/21/2014
Around a hundred workers and supporters gathered outside Portland’s City Hall at noon today to call for an increase in the minimum wage to fifteen dollars an hour.
One of the speakers at the rally was Nicholas Caleb, who got eighteen percent of the vote in his run against Commissioner Dan Saltzman in yesterday’s election.
Caleb ran on the platform of increasing the minimum wage in Oregon to fifteen dollars an hour, what he and other supporters of the measure call a ‘living wage’.
The workers chanted ‘what do we want? fifteen.’ in reference to the fifteen dollar an hour minimum wage that they are proposing the city of Portland adopt.
The protesters took a petition to the office of Mayor Charlie Hales, whose representative made no specific promises, but said that Mayor Hales would bring up the idea of an increase in the minimum wage nationwide to the upcoming national conference of mayors.
KBOO also spoke with Ann, who works at the Portland zoo and participated in the rally:
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