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Hillary Clinton Expresses Support for Fast Food Workers' at Detroit 'Fight for 15' Convention

"I want to be your champion. I want to fight with you every day," she said.

Detroit "Fight For 15" members strike outside a McDonald's in December 2014.
Detroit "Fight For 15" members strike outside a McDonald's in December 2014.
Brenna Houck is a Cities Manager for the Eater network. She previously edited Eater Detroit and reported for Eater. You can follow her on the internet at @brennahouck.

Speaking by telephone at a Detroit "Fight for 15" convention on Sunday, presidential nominee Hillary Clinton expressed her support for raising the minimum wage for restaurant workers, according to The Washington Post. Clinton said:

"All of you should not have to march in the streets to get a living wage, but thank you for marching in the streets to get that living wage," she said. "We need you out there leading the fight against those who would rip away Americans' right to organize, to collective bargaining, to fair pay."

"No man or woman who works hard to feed American families should have to be on food stamps to feed their own family."

Nearly 1,300 fast food workers attended the convention, the second of its kind. Restaurant workers across the country have waged campaigns in recent years calling for the industry to raise the minimum wage to $15. The strike have been met with some political success, with organizers achieving victories in Seattle, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

This isn't the first time Clinton has announced her support for the "Fight for 15," an international organization of fast food workers demanding higher wages and better benefits. In April, Clinton tweeted her support for a living wage.