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Hotel workers to go on hunger strike

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Three people are promising to go on a hunger strike in support of Providence hotel workers who want the minimum wage raised to $15.

Workers will drink only water and plan to stay outside the state house 24/7.

The strike is in response to the recent house vote banning municipalities from setting their own minimum wage.

Some argue it would cause businesses to move into certain cities, causing an economic catastrophe.

The workers say they need the raise to feed their families.

"They're not gonna let them have enough money to feed their families. I want everyone who walks here to understand that. The law that they're trying to pass says that no municipalities in the state can set their own minimum wages so this affects every person in this state; taking away local democracy, local rights," says Evan McLaughlin, a hotel worker.

The strike starts this Thursday and will last seven days.

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