Thousands flock to Fifth Avenue for Labor Day parade

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NEW YORK (PIX11) - Union members marched up Fifth Avenue Saturday to celebrate Labor Day.

This parade didn’t have fancy floats or costumes but thousands of people fighting for workers’ rights.

“This parade is about American workers and what we bring to the table. We just want good jobs that support our families,” electrician Gary Young said.

There is currently a push to raise the minimum wage in New York. Fast food workers protested in Times Square and across the country Thursday. They want 15 dollars an hour.

“All working people deserve the ability to live with dignity in this city and we need to pay a wage that allows them to do that,” AFL-CIO spokesperson Cara Noel said.

Public Advocate Letitia James said she hopes the state gives New York City the ability to set its own minimum wage.

“The reason why I’m marching today is for working families, for struggling families,” she said.

 

The minimum wage is currently 8 dollars an hour and it is set to go up to 9 dollars an hour in 2015 in New York.

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