Residents weigh in on their wages

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) Historically Labor Day is a holiday to celebrate the worker.

While fast food workers around the country protesting low wage, many right here in Mesa County have an opinion on the amount of money they are making.

They say history repeats itself. Back in the summer of 1894, The Pullman Strike was a nationwide railroad strike, shutting down much of the nation's freight and passenger traffic. In an effort to pacify organized labor after the strike, Congress designated Labor Day as a federal holiday.

Today is a day about recognizing the worker and some workers in the valley think they should be recognized with higher wages.

"I do feel like i should make more money," said Alicia Moodie, who works in the medical field.

Glenna Shortess, has been working at Wal-Mart for five years and she is satisfied with the money she is making.

"My wages are good," said Shortess.

Gus McCleary works in the hospitality industry and is hopeful about getting an increase in his pay.

"I'm about to the point where they're gonna give me a raise, which is nice," said McCleary.

Don Bell is a family man working in the oil industry, and he often travels out of state in order to make the money he needs to provide for his family.

"I've been working in North Dakota. There's not enough work around here," said Bell.

Around the country, many in the fast food industry are striking, demanding their minimum wage pay goes up to $15 an hour.

For McCleary, who has been making minimum wage for almost a year, he thinks the the wage the protesters are asking for is too high.

"You can't just automatically get $15 an hour. That's something people go to college for and maybe they're going to get that," said McCleary.

Minimum wage in Colorado is $7.78 per hour and so far here on the Western Slope, we have not seen any fast food protests.


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