Union members and allies rallied in Richmond yesterday to push for worker-related issues including an increase in the state’s minimum wage. “I have coworkers who can’t afford to get by no matter how many hours they work,” said Dominic, a Kroger worker. “It’s time to raise the minimum wage.” Elected officials as well as activists from CASA joined members of unions, including UFCW 400, 32BJ SEIU, and LiUNA. In addition to a $15 minimum wage, workers lobbied for drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants and an expansion of Medicaid. “We will not stop fighting until every Virginian has the healthcare they need,” said SEIU 512 President David Broder. Earlier this month Democrats in the General Assembly touted Medicaid expansion as a top joint legislative priority.
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