Kicking the political season into high gear, labor leaders and elected officials gathered Monday for the annual Labor Day breakfast, pledging a renewed fight for working families and calling for an increase in the minimum wage.
“Nobody should work full time and still live in poverty,” US Senator Elizabeth Warren said to loud applause before several hundred people at the holiday event, hosted by the Greater Boston Labor Council.
In a series of spirited speeches, Warren and other elected officials vowed to lobby on workers’ behalf, saying that years of stagnant wages and benefits had taken a heavy toll on the working and middle class.
“The game is rigged, and our job is to fight back,” said Warren, a Democrat. “We’re not asking for something special. Just a chance.”
Kyle King, a Burger King employee who last week joined thousands of other fast food workers in a strike for higher pay, said many companies were making hefty profits “on the backs of workers.”
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