by Matt Dillane Saturday, October 5th 2019
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris took to the streets of North Charleston to join striking McDonald’s workers on Saturday morning.
Before attending the Blue Jamboree, Harris walked with workers outside of the event as they demanded a $15 wage and the right to form a union.
Strike organizers said they would be meeting with Harris later in the afternoon as workers would also be joined by Bernie 2020 co-chair Nina Turner and other local leaders.
The strike was the second by South Carolina McDonald’s workers over recent months. Workers previously took action in Charleston back in June with Sen. Cory Booker, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke.
“I have fought with organized labor throughout my career and I’m proud to stand in solidarity with workers in South Carolina and across the country,” said Sen. Harris.
Democratic candidates and political figures who have walked McDonald’s strike lines with workers include Sen. Booker, Mayor Buttigieg, Julián Castro, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Sen Harris, Gov. Jay Inslee, former Rep. O’Rourke, and Sen. Bernie Sanders. Others, including former Vice President Joe Biden, Gov. Steve Bullock, former Rep. John Delaney, Rep. Gabbard, Amy Sen. Klobuchar, Rep. Tim Ryan, Rep. Eric Swalwell, and Sen. Warren have all also supported the workers on social media.
The state’s current minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.