Fast-food workers stage global one-day strike

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Fast-food workers in Chicago walked off the job to protest low wages.  They will be picketing until 5:30 p.m.

It’s part of a global one-day strike happening in 150 cities on six continents.

The workers are campaigning for $15 per hour pay, and the right to form a union without retaliation.

It’s the fifth time fast-food workers in Chicago have gone on strike.

Many of those who are picketing work for McDonald’s, Burgers King and Wendy’s.   Most of them are making $8.25 an hour, Illinois’ minimum wage, and are part-time with no benefits and no set schedule.

McDonald’s issued a statement:

“We offer part-time and full-time employment, benefits and competitive pay based on the local marketplace and job level.”

“This is an important discussion that needs to take into account the highly competitive nature of the industries that employ minimum wage workers.”

Several lawmakers, including President Obama, support raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

 

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