Iowa Workers Rally for $15 Minimum Wage

Not Waiting for Legislative Action

By Jack Miller | jmiller@weareiowa.com

Published 09/02 2015 09:14PM

Updated 09/02 2015 09:14PM

DES MOINES -- Crowds gathered at a Des Moines McDonald's Wednesday, rallying for a hike in wages up to $15 an hour.

Organizers with the group Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement say the raise will not only help out workers, but the local economy too.  "Raising the minimum wage, it lifts up our communities, our neighborhoods, because these people will have more discretionary money to spend in our neighborhoods and in our communities," said organizer Cherie Mortice.

After the rally, they moved to the State Capitol to speak to crowds there.  Since the Iowa legislature didn't pass a minimum wage bill this last session, the group is calling on corporations like McDonald's to lead by example.

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