NEW YORK (AP) — Workers in low-wage jobs joined with faith leaders, unions and politicians in New York City to demand better pay, benefits and working conditions.

At least several hundred people gathered in Union Square on Tuesday, carrying signs targeting companies like restaurants and clothing stores they say need to do better by their workers.

The workers want to see an increase in the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.

Some in the crowd had started at a rally some blocks north in Manhattan's Herald Square, and then marched to join the main event, stopping at different food and retail stores along the way.

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