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Activists, unions march through Boston for higher pay

Protesters calling for higher wages and union representation for groups including fast-food workers, janitors, and adjunct professors marched through Boston Tuesday afternoon.

A group calling itself the Wage Action Coalition marched from Northeastern University to AMC Loews Boston Common Theater chanting and listening to speeches by labor activists. The march was held one day before rallies affiliated with the “Fight for $15” movement in some 200 other cities because the second anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing is Wednesday, organizers said.

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“We have well over 1,000 folks here with us along the route, and we’re picking up more,” said Veronica Turner, the executive vice president of 1199 SEIU, a union of health care workers. She said about 200 students came out in support of adjunct professors at Northeastern, who voted last year to unionize. She said other organizers told her separate protests held at Boston fast-food restaurants earlier on Tuesday also were well-attended.

Tuesday’s action was one of 12 monthly protests the activists have planned for this year. The protesters also said Tuesday they would protest gentrification in Chinatown and end their rally at a downtown movie theater whose janitorial company was ordered to pay employees $50,000 in back pay, according to a press release.

Latrese Williams, of Dedham, held her daughter, Desirae Shealey, 4, at Tuesday’s rally.

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Latrese Williams, of Dedham, held her daughter, Desirae Shealey, 4, at Tuesday’s rally.

Demonstrators took over a lane of Huntington Avenue.

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Demonstrators took over a lane of Huntington Avenue.

The rally traveled from Northeastern University to Boston Common.

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The rally traveled from Northeastern University to Boston Common.

Child care workers participated.

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Child care workers participated.

Members of Danza Azteca Guadalupana of Santa Rosa de Lima church in Chelsea prepared to march.

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Members of Danza Azteca Guadalupana of Santa Rosa de Lima church in Chelsea prepared to march.

Jack Newsham can be reached at jack.newsham@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TheNewsHam.
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