'Rise Up for $15' held in Greenville for higher minimum wage


GREENVILLE, Pitt County - In the spirit of Labor Day, workers all over the country were rallying for a higher minimum wage on Monday.

That includes Greenville, where a "Rise Up for $15" demonstration was held outside a McDonald's. The movement supports higher wages for healthcare workers, educators, factory workers and others who feel they are underpaid. States like California and New York have already pledged to raise their minimum wage to $15. Workers in our area said it's about time North Carolina follows suit. "I'm ready for 15 because I work hard," one of the people at the rally said to the crowd. "I get up six days a week, at 5 o'clock in the morning and I deserve $15, and so does everybody." Hundreds of workers rallied together, chanting that the state's minimum wage of $7.25 just isn't enough anymore. The N.C. NAACP and other organizations came together to demand legislative action. Latifah Gorham, the "Raise Up for $15" organizer in Greenville, said she's told often she should just get another job if she wants a higher salary. "If it was that easy, in the blink of an eye, if it was that easy we would go and get another job," said Gorham, who said she works three jobs. "I know people that have three jobs, and that's two good paychecks. "They don't understand because they're not struggling. You don't understand the struggle that people are going through until you go through the struggle." State Democrats proposed a bill in March that would gradually raise the state minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2021. So far, the General Assembly hasn't moved forward with that proposal.