Push for $15/hour: Fast food workers rally in Milwaukee and across the country

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MILWAUKEE -- There is a revived push to boost the minimum wage and influence the 2016 elections.

Rally at McDonald's near 25th & Wisconsin

Rally at McDonald's near 25th & Wisconsin

Fast food workers planned a nationwide strike for Tuesday, November 10th.

A rally got underway around 6 a.m. this morning at the McDonald's near 25th and Wisconsin in Milwaukee.

Workers from 270 cities are expected to walk out on their jobs -- demanding a living wage of $15/hour and the right to unionize.

At the same time, thousands of protesters are expected to make their voices heard on Tuesday at the GOP Milwaukee debate -- at the Milwaukee Theatre.

The group representing fast food workers has been successful in influencing cities like New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles to establish a minimum $15 wage.

Senator Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee) issued the following statement regarding raising the minimum wage for Wisconsin workers:

“Wisconsin was once a state that protected and prioritized its workers. Under Walker’s Wisconsin we are seeing stagnant wages, a shrinking middle class, and businesses fleeing our state. What’s more, we are one of the bottom 15 states in the nation that have a minimum wage at the federal minimum. Hardworking Wisconsinites are the economic engine for successful local businesses and vibrant communities. The Fight for 15 is the frontline battle for economic justice of our day.

Wisconsin families should not have to choose between paying for housing, putting food on their table, or caring for their family. No one should be working a 40-hour week and still be living in poverty. For these reasons, I am a co-sponsor of Assembly Bill 264, which would raise our state’s minimum wage to a livable wage of $15. Making sure our Wisconsin neighbors earn a fair day’s pay for an honest day’s work is a win-win for our state as it strengthens our local economy and businesses. My Democratic colleagues and I are committed to working towards a future that invests in our neighbors and creates family-supporting opportunities in our local communities.

Today, I again call on Governor Walker and legislative Republicans to raise the minimum wage in order to support building an economy that works for all of us, not just corporate interests and wealthiest 1%. It is time to put an end to backroom favors for big dollar donors and special interests and return to our state’s traditional values of prioritizing and rewarding our real profit creators: Wisconsin workers.”

20 comments

  • Really!?!

    Instead of $15/ hour for fast food employees I think Wisconsin should do what Washington State has done, for several years now, and that is adjust the minimum wage to meet the minimum standard of living. If the standard of living goes up then the minimum wage goes up (and if it goes down so does the minimum wage) but from that point employees have to be good workers to earn raises.

  • Sam

    Someone deleted my previous comment, so I will restate it. Every time there are protests of this nature, people ask if Wisconsin Jobs Now leaders Jennifer Epps – Addison and Gina Pallazarri are paying their staff/pprotesters this amount. They have never answered.

  • Amy

    Just watching this video, I recognize about 6 people who are paid employees of local Democrat and/or union organizations. That’s just the ones I know. Those people are being paid to be there. That’s Angela Walker in the gray hoodie. She is a paid employee of Wisconsin Jobs Now. Every time she lays the activist role, she’s collecting money from them for whatever she does or says. That includes common council meetings, “No Takeover” MPS activities, Red Arrow Park protests, and protests for minimum wage increases. She’s paid to be an activist. Just remember that when she starts her campaign for next year’s election.

  • Homer

    More crack reporting by Faux6 covering these paid protestors. It’s a shame that the media still thinks the majority people are stupid enough to buy into their agendas. Go do some REAL investigative reporting as to what Mayor McCheese and Chief Wiggum are doing to put an end to all the violent crime in the city of Milwaukee.

  • Reasonless

    You guys are all missing the point!
    We’ll all have a blast riding in circles on the trolley, eating $15.00 cheeseburgers while singing we shall overcome.

  • tk421

    No to $15…unless you can make that cheese burger appear in my hands outta thin air! Go to college, get a degree, or work your way up to a management position, open up a few stores, and pull in the cash. Every time I pull up to a drive through, and speak to someone I can’t understand, just to feel like I am a inconvenient interruption to the day, and wait for someone to throw together a burger and fries..spill soda ll over the side of my sup, then forget the straw and napkin. I think…$15 for this? NOPE!

  • Derrick

    There is no way fast food workers deserve 15 dollars an hour. But, at some point we do have to start talking about these giant corporations paying the people who work for them dirt, and then we as taxpayers end up subsidizing them. I, as a taxpayer, should not have to subsidize someone who works for a company that had 8.65 billion revenue last year! I don’t know the solution, but it’s definitely a problem.

    • robert

      you said a mouthfull. I believe that these companies should pay according to their prosperity (walmart) hint,hint

  • Ed Flynn Mistress #4

    How about you rally to the nearest community college, sign up for classes, learn a trade then you’ll get 15 per hour.

  • buck

    they will picket for 15$ and if it goes through, how many of these people will be unemployed? because companies are not going to pay.

  • TJ

    What are the unintended consequences of raising the minimum wage? One needs to look at what jobs are currently paying at the $12/hr-14/hr rate right now. Will people holding these jobs who have probably been schooled or trained to do so leave them to go flip burgers somewhere? Probably less stress, maybe easier way of life.

    It’s just not as simple as giving a hand out to a group of people. I’m okay with paying people $15/hr for people that show interest in a career, or some longevity. But starting pay of $15/hr for an entry level position across the board is ridiculous.

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