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Bernie Sanders: All Workers Need At Least $15 an Hour

The Vermont senator wants to give some American workers a big raise.
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 22: Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks at a Capitol Hill rally to introduce legislation to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour July 22, 2015 in Washington, DC. Sanders said the U.S. federal government is the largest employer of minimum wage workers in the United States.

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 22: Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks at a Capitol Hill rally to introduce legislation to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour July 22, 2015 in Washington, DC. Sanders said the U.S. federal government is the largest employer of minimum wage workers in the United States.

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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders on Wednesday joined federal contract workers striking for $15-per-hour pay and union rights in the Upper Senate Park near the U.S. Capitol building in Washington. 

“I think that if you work 40 hours a week, you have a right not to be living in poverty,” Sanders, a Democratic presidential candidate, said at a press conference. “Today we send a very loud and clear message, to the United States Congress, to the president of the United States, and corporate America, and that is, all of our workers from coast to coast need at least 15 bucks an hour.”