- Associated Press - Sunday, October 11, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Union members and their supporters have marched for workers rights in northeast Minneapolis.

About 200 janitors, security officers and other groups marched Saturday. Members of SEIU, Local 26, blocked traffic on Central Avenue for more than an hour during the demonstration. The union will begin contract negotiations soon for cleaning and security jobs.

Kevin Chavis, a security officer for Allied Barton Security services, was one of the demonstrators. He tells Minnesota Public Radio News (https://bit.ly/1hyewf0 ) the union will ask for a better hourly wage.

Chavis says the union, part of the 15 Now coalition, wants $15 or more an hour. Minnesota’s minimum wage is $7.25 per hour for small employers and $9 per hour for large employers.

The environmental group MN350 and Neighborhoods Organizing for Change also joined the march.

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Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, https://www.mprnews.org


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