Minimum wage protests create financial headache for business nearby

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- The fight for a higher minimum wage may have cost local businesses money. That's because protests involving fast food workers shut down a stretch of Miller Park Way in West Milwaukee on Thursday, September 4th.

The demonstration was part of a nationwide protest by fast food workers who are demanding a $15/hour minimum wage -- and the right to unionize. Unfortunately, the protest at a McDonald's effectively stalled business at nearby Remy Batteries.

Matt Moeller is a partner at Remy Batteries -- and did not know about the protest until delivery drivers on their way in started calling his cell phone.

"Call from the trucker saying that Miller Park Way is closed down, how do I get there? Without knowing what direction they're heading or where they are at, it's hard to give them directions," said Moeller.

Between protesters closing down Miller Park Way and construction in the Zoo Interchange, Remy Batteries missed loads from three full-sized tractor trailers -- which can hurt future business.

"If we have a miss, or we are late or something is shipped incorrectly, it affects our grading, which affects our vendor rating," said Moeller.

Since nothing was coming in, Moeller had to send a dock employee home early.


  • Mike Johnson

    not to mention when the burger joints pay 15 an hour they will want an employee worth 15 an hour not a high school dropout. and heres a newsflash to these idiots as well, once you make 15 an hour all your government benefits go bye bye. no food stamps rent assistance energy assistance. all goes away because you will now make too much money. also your tax bracket will increase and you will lose on your huge unearned tax return. so be careful what you wish for bottom feeders. there is a reason the government supports a higher min wage. it puts more money in their fat wallets

  • VL53081

    So since they are asking for a 75% pay increase (or whatever) does that mean they offered their employers a 75% increase in productivity in return?

  • Marcus

    I think minimum wage should increase however fast food job is for high school kids. If you haven’t increased you education level or got a promotion by now that’s on you. I believe fast food workers work hard but that’s your choice to work there so quit and get another job. If no one hires you that means you lack qualifications and you need an education. OOPS your fault if you had kids and couldn’t take care of them.

  • Nick

    I went to college, I work full time and still only make $12.67 an hour working as an EMT. What I do is far more important then you flipping nasty burgers. Any idiot can get a job doing what you do. It’s not a job or career that you’re suppose to live off of. If you want something better paying, GO TO SCHOOL

    • This guy

      Right on nick, I have a friend that’s an emt that also makes about that,for saving lives! Thanks for you service to the community.

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