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Protesters Rally in Yakima for Minimum Wage Increase

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YAKIMA, Wash. -

YAKIMA, WA - Protesters all over the country took to the picket line today. In Washington, workers rallied in Seattle, Olympia, Spokane and Yakima to demand a raise in the minimum wage.

Dozens of minimum wage workers from all over the Yakima Valley protested here in millennium plaza this afternoon, armed with a petition with over 1000 signatures. The Working Washington protest marched to city hall to encourage city council leaders to support them in raising the state minimum wage to fifteen dollars an hour...

Workers from, farming, food service and nursing homes banded together to show support for the change. With the current state minimum wage at 9.47 an hour, they believe the extra 5.53 will help them with basic living needs.

"A minimum wage, 15 dollars an hour, so that people can afford groceries, a roof over their head, the monthly bills; electricity, water. Everything has risen in cost, so it's just to make ends meet when you're raising your family..." says Service Employees International Union Representative Organizer Patricia Flores

The issue of raising it to 15 an hour has been a hot button issue since the Seattle city council raised theirs to that amount in June of 2014.