08:09 GMT25 January 2021
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    Presidential hopeful, Senator Bernie Sanders, joined the protests taking place across the nation on Tuesday in the fight to raise the federal minimum wage, speaking to demonstrators at a rally outside of the Capitol.

    The protests are part of a long running campaign by service-sector workers who are calling for people in the industry to be paid a living wage.

    Fight for 15, which is funded by the Service Employees International Union, has long been backed by Sanders who is extremely outspoken on issues involving income inequality.

    “What you are doing and workers all over the United States are doing, you are having a profound impact,” Sanders told the crowd. “People are raising the minimum wage to 15 bucks an hour. And you know who started it? You did. You started the movement.”

    The Vermont senator even took things one step further, adding:

    “Now we’ve got to finish the job, fifteen bucks and a union.”


    Many of those in attendance were service workers who work on the Capitol grounds.

    Recently, President Barack Obama signed an executive order raising their minimum pay to $10.10 per hour, however, that amount still is not enough to afford living in the expensive DC area.

    “They should know that if you are serving them, they have got to start serving you,” Sanders told the cheering crowd at the rally. “Workers who work for the United States government deserve the right to raise their children in security. They deserve the right to earn enough to live in a decent apartment or a decent house. They deserve the right to bargain collectively.”

    Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton has backed a bill in Congress that would raise the federal minimum wage to $12 an hour, while Sanders on the other hand, has introduced a bill that would raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 an hour.

    Following his speech, protesters entered the Dirksen Senate Building, which houses the office to many senators, and held a sit-in in the cafeteria.


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