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Friday, September 11, 2015   

LAS VEGAS - Hourly workers in Las Vegas joined low-wage earners in 50 cities on Thursday in calling for a boost in the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Among those rallying in front of a Las Vegas McDonald's restaurant was Margreda Black, 26, who makes $8.25 an hour as a fast-food worker. Black has a 1-year-old son, and even though she shares an apartment with a roommate, she said she still does not bring home enough pay to support herself and her child.

"I donate blood about twice a week just so that I can buy my son diapers and make sure that I have bus fare to get to work," she said. "I am on assistance, collecting food stamps."

Rallies also were held Thursday in front of Gov. Brian Sandoval's Las Vegas office and in New York City, where Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced he had approved a plan to increase the wages of fast-food workers all across New York state to $15 an hour over the next six years.

Donneta Binet, 33, a child-care worker from Henderson, also was at the Las Vegas rally on Thursday because, she said, even though she works a full 40-hour work week, she still can't pay the bills on her $10-per-hour pay.

"I take care of kids all day," she said. "If anything happens, I am responsible, and about the time I get to the end of the month, I'm still struggling on how I'm going to pay my bills, gas, lights. So, pretty much, I am fighting for $15 to make my life more comfortable and for their parents when they drop their kids off to me."

Vice President Joe Biden, who also attended the rally in New York City, pledged that along with Cuomo they would work to make New York the first state in the nation to adopt a $15-an-hour minimum wage. Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles are among the cities that already have adopted the $15-an-hour minimum.


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