McDonald’s workers fighting for better wages

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CHICAGO -- The latest pay raise for McDonald's hourly workers is  not enough for fast food workers who want to strike for better wages.

WGN's Erik Runge spoke to protesters at the McDonald's at 9560 S. Halsted on the South Side.

Demonstrators called the raise  McDonalds announced for some workers a slap in the face and they promise to keep protesting until they got $15 an hour.

30 to 40 people marched.  Their chant was crystal clear, "if we don't get it shut it down."

The protesters did disrupt the McDonalds for a short time much to the surprise of many customers.

McDonald's announced yesterday it take hourly wages up a buck above local minimum wage requirements for some workers. In July that requirement in Chicago will be $10 an hour, statewide it's $8 and change. The raise however is only for those working at corporate owned stores. 90 percent of stores are franchises. Wages there will be up to the owners.

McDonald's is also saying it would give some workers paid time off and educational benefits but those fighting for $15 an hour say it's not enough. Another nationwide pretest is set for April 15th.

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