Fast food workers strike over wages, unionization

MINNEAPOLIS - As people lined up to make their breakfast order at the McDonald's on Stinson Boulevard in northeast Minneapolis, dozens of protestors walked outside the fast food joint, holding up picket signs and chanting slogans like, "McDonald's, you're no good, pay your workers like you should."

Protestors included employees from McDonald's, Subways and Burger King restaurants across Twin Cities. The group demanded fast food chains increase the hourly minimum wage to $15. Workers also demanded the right to unionize.

"I feel unappreciated at my work, at my establishment. I believe that we should all have a raise at some point," said Guillermo Lindsay, a McDonald's employee, who joined the Thursday morning protest. "I think it's a good way to show the big people, the big corporations what we're made of, what we stand for, what we believe in. Our voices will be heard."

The organized strike is part of a nationwide campaign involving similar protests and rallies in 150 cities, including Chicago and Milwaukee.

National, state and city leaders like U.S. Representative Keith Ellison and Minneapolis City Council member Jacob Frey joined the fast food workers and vowed their support.

"This is something we should all care about. This is a social problem that involves the richest to the poorest and everyone in between," said Ellison. "What kind of society are we going to live in someone if is working 40 hours a week or more and still has to get food stamps, subsidized housing?"

Fast food workers are staging another protest at the McDonald's on Hennepin Avenue in south Minneapolis at 12:30 pm.


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