Wage fight propels worker from KFC to White House

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Associated Press

Posted on March 2, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Updated Sunday, Mar 2 at 3:01 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Naquasia (Nuh-QUAY-zhuh) 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 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.

Union officials say LeGrand deserves credit for helping build the campaign into a national movement in more than 100 cities. She still works 15 hours a week at KFC.

But representatives of the fast-food industry say the salary demands are unrealistic.

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