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Greenville Co. protesters call for $15 minimum wage hike

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Protesters call for minimum wage to be raised to $15. (Feb. 13, 2016/FOX Carolina) Protesters call for minimum wage to be raised to $15. (Feb. 13, 2016/FOX Carolina)
Protesters call for minimum wage to be raised to $15. (Feb. 13, 2016/FOX Carolina) Protesters call for minimum wage to be raised to $15. (Feb. 13, 2016/FOX Carolina)
Protesters call for minimum wage to be raised to $15. (Feb. 13, 2016/FOX Carolina) Protesters call for minimum wage to be raised to $15. (Feb. 13, 2016/FOX Carolina)
Protesters call for minimum wage to be raised to $15. (Feb. 13, 2016/FOX Carolina) Protesters call for minimum wage to be raised to $15. (Feb. 13, 2016/FOX Carolina)
Protesters call for minimum wage to be raised to $15. (Feb. 13, 2016/FOX Carolina) Protesters call for minimum wage to be raised to $15. (Feb. 13, 2016/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Protesters calling for a minimum wage increase planned events in Greenville County on Saturday.

More than 100 people gathered at the McDonald's on Laurens Road around 2 p.m. with signs and banners bearing the message "Fight for 15."

Protester Kimberly Cannon said she wants to see in an increase so she can save for essentials.

"You can't make a decent living off of $8 an hour, so that's why were out here fighting for fifteen," Cannon said. 

Some workers walked off the job this morning. Many of the protesters work in child care and the food service industry.

Vickie Miller said an increase would impact her every day life and future. 

"I'm trying to save for my son to go to college, I'm a single mom, I have no one else to depend on," Miller said. 

Professor Tom Smythe teaches at Furman University. He said he believes an increase would hurt the local economy. 

"It will not help our economy. Ultimately it will push more people out of the work force and it will cause people not have incentives to go and get additional skills."

Smythe adds higher education needs to be part of the conversation.

"We want a work force that is highly skilled that will attract high paying jobs. Raising the minimum wage will just the opposite of that," Smythe said.

The group said they are expecting a crowd of 1,000 to protest in downtown Greenville during the GOP debate Saturday night.

A police presence was at the protest but the event appeared peaceful.

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