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Fast Food Workers Rally for Higher Wages at Des Moines Presidential Candidate Forum

McDonald’s employees and others working for fast food outlets gathered outside a presidential candidate forum in Des Moines, Iowa, to rally for $15 per hour wages and union rights on July 15.

New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, and former Vice President Joe Biden attended the forum, which was co-hosted by AARP and the Des Moines Register, the Des Moines Register reported.

This video shows a man standing in front of a group of protesters as they try to push past him. In the video, the crowd chants “Get up, get down, fast food workers run this town!” and, "You want our vote? Come get our vote!”

The forum was an invitation-only Q&A session held at Duke University that focused on “the issues facing aging Americans,” the Des Moines Register reported. The protesters were a part of the Fight for $15 movement, which works to gain $15 per hour wages and union rights for workers.

Other presidential candidates were scheduled to speak at forums in cities across Iowa, the Des Moines Register reported. Credit: Josh Cook/Iowa Starting Line via Storyful