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Workers take a stand for higher pay at SC Raising Wages Summit

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CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) -

Workers in South Carolina are taking a stand for better wages and they rallied together Saturday at the Raising Wages Summit. It was hosted by the SC AFL-CIO, a branch of the largest organization of labor unions in the country. 

Hundreds came together including workers, activists, labor leaders and elected officials to fight for a living wage. People came from across the state, and also other states to hear several speakers.

"I want to stay in child care, but I can't stay in childcare with $8.50 an hour," says a child care worker, Amy Reece.  "It's not working, $15 an hour would guarantee food, a car, furniture, health insurance."

She's one of thousands in the 'Fight for $15.' 

Right now South Carolina is one of five states with no state minimum wage, so it follows the $7.25 federal mandate for wages. Currently, there's a bill that's been filed to raise the wage to $10.10 in the state.

"I know what it is to wake up at 4 a.m....and do a run on a milk truck before going to school in the mornings and before the end of the week collect $6 for my week's work," says U.S. Representative, Congressman Jim Clyburn.

Clyburn is for the 'Fight for $15 Nationwide.'

"I know it should not take place tomorrow morning, but I'm willing to start now moving that minimum wage up," says Clyburn. 

He believes the minimum wage will gradually grow to $15 an hour. 

"I'm an only parent and I know that having a union card in my pocket is what has given me the ability to take care of my son," says President of the SC AFL-CIO, Erin McKee.

"No one place can do it alone, labor needs the community the faith based the legislators need us up there to testify to push to tell them that this is what we want," says McKee.

"We're all trying to fight for all the same reasons, some people are talking and some people are listening," says Reece.

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