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Battle continues in 'Fight for 15' Rally

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - California's minimum wage is going up, but the fight for $15 continues to roar in San Diego as local workers rally Thursday morning. 

Local food workers are grateful the governor approved a $15-an-hour minimum wage over six years, but they have two issues. They want other states to follow and they want San Diego's wage hike approved so they can start making more money now. 

Janitors, home care and child care workers are expected to participate in Thursday's rally. 

Navy veteran Gabriel Medina who punches in at Popeye's in National City and Wal-Mart near Lemon Grove will also participate in Thursday's rally. 

"It's been a struggle trying to live paycheck to paycheck trying to provide the best for my daughter. That is why I am working two jobs now," he said.

Just last week, Governor Brown signed the minimum wage law, which will raise it incrementally from $10 to $15 by 2022. It will be the highest in the country. 

Another reason workers are rallying is because if San Diego's minimum wage hike is passed on the June ballot, workers will get paid more sooner. 

In 2014, the City Council approved a wage increase. Enough signatures were collected for a referendum and if approved, workers would immediately get paid $10.50-an-hour and $11.50 by January 2017.  

Opponents said the $15 wage will cost the state billions. Small business owners said it will drive them out of business. 

According to the Department of Labor, four states increased minimum wage this year - seven of them will pay more than $10-an-hour by 2018. There are still four states that do not have their own minimum wage law. 

Thursday's Fight for 15 Rally is set to start at 6:30 a.m., at San Diego State's Student Union. At 11:30 a.m., the rally will march from downtown at Third and Broadway to San Diego City College. 

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