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Local workers protest for $15 an hour

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A group of peaceful protesters grabbed their signs and hit the sidewalk in front of MagnumCare of Saginaw on Thursday.

Keayonne Bland is a nursing assistant and just one of several who took part in the National Day of Action.

“We work hard and we want to take care of our families too,” Bland said.

The group wants the minimum wage raised to $15 per hour. They say it’s a move that would bring workers like them closer to a living wage.

“Well, they were trying to offer us a 5 cent raise, but other than that, that’s not going to benefit us,” Bland said.

The administration at MagnumCare of Saginaw said they will not be making any comment.

But that didn’t stop Saginaw City Councilperson Brenda Moore from speaking out.

“They want to be productive individuals in the community, so they would like to contribute to Saginaw," Moore said. "They are contributing, but they would just like to have a little more money to work on.” 

Moore believes a significant minimum wage increase is good for everyone.

“I think it’s going to enhance our city. It’s going to make things better. Crime will go down and people will be able to feed their family,” Bland said.

Right now the state’s minimum wage is $8.50 per hour.

Bland said that’s not nearly enough for her, and others like her. She said she’s committed to stay in the fight until paychecks reflect the hard work many people put in every day.

“We want to see better, or close to the 15. I mean, we all have the hope that we are going to get what we’re asking for,” Bland said.

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