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Fast-food workers rally over wages

Fast-food workers demand higher wages during a rally outside a McDonalds on the Near North Side on Tuesday.

The employees and community leaders protested outside the “Rock ‘n’ Roll” McDonalds at 600 N. Clark.

They used a new study as ammunition to back up their position. They pointed to a new report from the University of California, Berkeley, which says low-pay and no benefits forces fast-food workers onto public assistance programs. The study says 52% of fast-food workers have to enroll in public assistance.

“It’s a shame that McDonalds made $5.5 billion and they can’t raise our wages up,” says Tyree Johnson, who has worked for McDonalds for 21 years. He makes $8.25/hour, and is enrolled in government assistance.

Over the summer, McDonalds employees across the country walked-off the job, and called for a $15 hourly wage.


7 Comments to “Fast-food workers rally over wages”

    Dan S. said:
    October 15, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    They'll be lucky if they can still have their full time jobs after Obama care.

    Diane said:
    October 15, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    If you read the story you'll find an employee named Tyree Johnson. Tyree worked for McDonald for 21 years and hasn't advanced past the entry level. Draw your own conclusions but either Tyree has no ambition and likes being government supported or there is something wrong with the person. Mc Donalds serves as a entry level opportunity that provides training, experience, and wardrobe for those entering the workplace. Its not meant to be a lifetime goal.

    Esco said:
    October 15, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    You"ll see automated fast food machines before you see $15hr. fast food workers. Get ready for big changes in this industry.

      donnyd said:
      October 15, 2013 at 7:56 PM

      Yep. You can try to control economics….but it never lasts long term.

        Esco said:
        October 15, 2013 at 8:18 PM

        Exactly donnyd (wb) = ) Whatever wage change you create always makes payroll upset and then they make a change and you're right back where you started, and on and on.
        And somewhere in that process the customer gets the shaft. It's a bad idea to crack a whip at the people paying you.

    Dan S. said:
    October 15, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    One would think that after working there 21 years, that he would be considered for a management position .

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