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Mid-South workers join nationwide McDonald's protest

Workers also claim that the burger giant has forced employees to work off the clock and not pay them overtime or strike hours off their time cards. Workers also claim that the burger giant has forced employees to work off the clock and not pay them overtime or strike hours off their time cards.
Protesters think the wages should be raised to $15 an hour. Protesters think the wages should be raised to $15 an hour.

(WMC-TV) - Mid-South McDonald's workers stepped out from behind the counter to protest in front of the fast food restaurant Tuesday.

In part of a nationwide series of actions calling on McDonald's to stop alleged wage theft, employees and their supporters demanded higher salaries, among other things, at the location on Union Avenue.

Together they chanted, "Hold them burgers, hold them fries, make our wages super size."

Protesters think the wages should be raised to $15 an hour.

"Well right now every one is starting off at $7.25, and for us to make $7.25, it still feels like that's not enough money," said worker Ashley Cathie.

Workers also claim that the burger giant has forced employees to work off the clock and not pay them overtime or strike hours off their time cards. They say it is not only McDonald's that is the problem.

"Well lawsuits have been filed with McDonald's, but wage theft is rampant through all of the burger industries as well as other fast food industries around the country," said Sheena Foster, Workers Interfaith Network.

McDonald's workers are ultimately hoping for higher fast food wages across the country and also the organization of a union.

 

In a statement released to the media, a McDonald's spokesperson said that the company is currently reviewing the allegations in the lawsuits.

 

Also a spokesperson said, "McDonald's and our independent owner-operators share a concern and commitment to the well being and fair treatment of all people who work at McDonald's Restaurants."

Meanwhile employees and their supporters say they will not rest until someone at McDonald's takes action.

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