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Fast-food workers meet in Villa Park, push minimum wage campaign

VILLA PARK – Fast-food workers from around the country gathered in Villa Park last weekend and voted to increase their fight for $15-an-hour pay and union membership, according to media reports.

Roughly 1,300 workers gathered at the Odeum Sports & Expo Center on Villa Avenue for the first-ever national fast food strikers' convention, according to reports. They met to discuss the future of the campaign, which began about two years ago.

Workers voted to add sit-down strikes and restaurant occupations to their movement, which is demanding an industry-wide minimum wage of $15 per hour, and the right to form a union, reports said.

Among the group was Mary Kay Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union, who told the crowd that 2 million SEIU workers were behind their cause, according to reports.

Increasing the minimum wage to $15 per hour would negatively affect job creation, claim industry officials, according to reports. The solution, they believe, is more education and job training.

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