NEW YORK — Hundreds of workers marched through the streets during rush hour on Tax Day, April 15, to show their support for a minimum wage of $15, according to NYcitylens.com.

Employees in 235 cities joined rallies to join the fight, stated the article. Some walked out of their jobs to bring attention to the issue.

Nearly a thousand demonstrators assembled outside a McDonald’s in Brooklyn at 6 a.m., noted the article. Workers marched to Times Square for the evening rush hour.

Families say they cannot thrive on the current minimum wage, reported the article. Companies like McDonald’s and Wal-Mart have recently announced wage increases for their employees.

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“We know that a motivated workforce leads to better customer service, so we believe this initial step not only benefits our employees, it will improve the McDonald’s restaurant experience,” McDonald’s President and CEO Steve Easterbrook said in the article.

Some people in Wednesday’s crowd called McDonald’s move a publicity stunt, saying a $15 wage was necessary, shared the article.

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer recently released a report claiming a minimum wage increase “to $15 would add $10 billion to city workers’ paychecks and save taxpayers $200 to $500 million a year in food stamp and Medicaid spending,” said the article.

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