Fair Pay

Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Protests demanding a raise in the minimum wage have been spreading across the country, and the movement made its way to Dayton for the first time. On Thursday, union-backed groups reported events in over 100 cities; some involved worker walk-outs, but many were protests or demonstrations in front of fast food and retail outlets.

Outside the McDonald’s in downtown Dayton around lunchtime, a small crowd gathered near the road, rallying drivers to honk in support. The protesters’ complaint: Ohio’s minimum wage of $7.85 isn’t enough to actually live on.

Workers march to deliver "strike papers" to Walmart officials. Nov 2013
Jerry Kenney / WYSO

Workers at a Walmart store in Dayton staged a one-day strike Monday to protest what they say are violations of their rights. Some employees of the company are accusing the retail giant of retaliating against them for speaking out about wages and hours.

Labor groups and city and state legislators joined Walmart employees in a crowd of about 70 outside the York Commons Shopping Center in Dayton. 

Scott Stringer has been a Walmart employee for five years.

Some Democrats at the Ohio Statehouse have introduced a bill that would require women and men earn equal salaries for equal work. Democratic State Representative Sandra Williams says it’s long overdue when you consider women are the heads of households in many Ohio families.