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Pitt students, faculty, staff protest for higher wages

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PITTSBURGH - University of Pittsburgh students and part-time workers have taken to the streets in Oakland in protest for a raise in wages.

Several hundred people, mostly Pitt students, took over the streets across campus during rush hour to spread their message.


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Starting at the Cathedral of Learning, the march shut down rush hour traffic on Fifth and Forbes Avenue.

The rally was organized by the United Students Against Sweatshops, and was joined by many other union groups during the march. This was the first rally organized by the group and said that they plan to do more.

“We want everyone to see that Pittsburgh needs to get behind $15 an hour and people can't survive on poverty wages. They need to buy groceries, they have to provide for their children and students have rising tuition every single year," said Lauren Klingman, student.

Despite the traffic delays, police escorted the group to make sure nothing got out of hand.