Austin protesters rally for $15 minimum wage at the Capitol

Rally at Austin City Hall fighting for $15 an hour minimum wage. (KXAN Photo/Todd Bynum)
Rally at Austin City Hall fighting for $15 an hour minimum wage. (KXAN Photo/Todd Bynum)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The national debate over increasing the minimum wage is coming to downtown Austin on Monday.

Protesters will rally at City Hall at noon and then plan to march to the state Capitol at 1 p.m.

The group fighting for wage increases is called Fight for $15 Texas. The rally is one of 25 happening around the country for Higher Ground Moral Day of Action initiated by Rev. Dr. William J Barber of North Carolina.

They are calling on state lawmakers to raise the minimum wage to $15. The protesters will march with a Moral Declaration signed by more than 10,000 people seeking a livable wage.

City leaders will also be in attendance, from council members Greg Casar, to Delia Garza, and Ann Kitchen.

In 2012, fast-food workers went on strike in New York gaining national attention. Following the wake of the protests, Seattle, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Boston, and San Francisco have agreed to raise wages to $15 in next few years.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, New York is now the second state to pass the minimum wage raise law, which will go into effect by 2018.

We will have a live look at the rally on KXAN News at noon. 

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