Thousands to attend first US minimum wage rally since election

Thousands of American workers have planned to hold nationwide demonstrations on Tuesday to demand a rise in their minimum wage, a first since the election of Donald Trump as the 45th US president.

Besides higher pay, the protesters, who are mostly from fast-food restaurants and around 20 airports, also demand union rights and immigration reform, Reuters reported Tuesday.

At the heart of the movement are workers of McDonald’s Corp restaurants in 340 cities. Baggage handlers and cabin cleaners at Chicago’s O’Hare and Boston’s Logan international airports are also partaking in the protest to demand a minimum pay of $15 per hour, according to the “Fight for $15” campaign, which organized the event.

Backed by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the gatherings will also be attended by home health and child care providers.

Drivers hired by the online ride service Uber Technologies Inc also said they were going to join the action.

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