Workers protest in Kansas City for higher minimum wage

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Striking workers were protesting in Kansas City for a higher minimum wage as part of rallies nationwide.

The Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/2gt0RXq ) reports that dozens marched around a McDonald’s restaurant shortly before 6 a.m. Tuesday before heading to a Burger King restaurant.

The rally participants included the Rev. Donna Simon, of St. Mark Hope and Peace. She says that no one can live on $15,000 a year.

The rallies in Kansas City and elsewhere commemorate the day four years ago that the Fight for $15 movement began in New York City when a group of fast-food workers walked off the job.

The national minimum wage rate is $7.25 an hour, where it has been since 2009. Some states have passed higher minimums; Missouri’s rises to $7.70 an hour in January.