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Fighting for $15: Democratic presidential candidate joins McDonald’s workers for Durham rally

WRAL.comMay 23, 2019

Democratic presidential contender Julian Castro joined McDonald’s workers in Durham on Thursday morning to rally for better pay and working conditions.

Multiple speakers, including Castro, took the microphone. Many advocated for a $15 minimum wage, but other issues included better healthcare, education on sexual harassment and union rights.

The crowd could be heard chanting, “We are the workers! The mighty mighty workers!” and “Put some respect on my check!”

They also chatted, “We work, we sweat, put $15 on our check!”

The strike is taking place on the same day as the fast food giant’s annual shareholder meeting in Dallas.

Striking cooks and cashiers plan to travel to the shareholder meeting, where they will attend a video town hall hosted by Sen. Bernie Sanders, who’s also seeking the Democratic nomination for president.

Castro says he’s standing with workers in their fight for fair pay, better working conditions and the right to unionize.

From 2014 to 2017, Castro was secretary of Housing and Urban Development under former President Obama.

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