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Wage fight propels worker from KFC to White House

March 2, 2014 • Business


Naquasia LeGrand speaks during an interview on Thursday Feb. 27, 2014 in New York. A few months ago, LeGrand was just another worker on the line at KFC, boxing up chicken and cole slaw in hopes of earning enough to live in one of the nation’s most expensive cities. But since being recruited by union organizers, the 22-year-old from south Brooklyn has become one of the most visible faces of a national movement demanding $15-an-hour wages for fast-food workers. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

NEW YORK (AP) — Naquasia LeGrand was frying chicken, sweeping floors and serving customers for $7.25 an hour when she was recruited by union organizers to join a campaign for higher pay.

In the 15 months since, the 22-year-old KFC employee from Brooklyn has become one of the most visible faces of a movement that has staged strikes across the country demanding a $15-an-hour wage and union representation for fast-food workers.

She promoted the cause on “The Colbert Report,” joined a strategy session with congressional Democrats and visited President Barack Obama at the White House.

“We never thought it would even get this far,” LeGrand said. “We’re just sick and tired of being sick and tired.”

When LeGrand was first approached by organizers of the group Fast Food Forward, her grandmother told her to Login to read more

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