RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Service Employees International Union president Mary Kay Henry told participants at a Virginia convention that they were heroes and heroines for not being afraid to take to the streets to protest for higher wages.
Henry spoke Friday at the first-ever “Fight for $15 Convention” in Richmond. Workers from around the country were gathering at the union-backed convention to press for a $15 minimum wage nationwide.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2aKbTZc ) reports Henry told participants: “We have your back, and we will have your back until we win.” She also said: “We will be the most unstoppable force for change that this country has ever seen in our lifetime.”
The convention continued Saturday with a march down Richmond’s Monument Avenue.
The Rev. William Barber II, the head of the North Carolina NAACP, was scheduled to give the keynote address to the group Saturday.
Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com