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.