WEST MILWAUKEE -- Dozens of protesters gathered at the McDonald's on Miller Park Way Thursday morning. Their message is one we've heard several times this year - higher wages and the right to unionize.
Thursday's strike is the third one organized this year in the Milwaukee area. They're run by national public relation firms and the locally based Wisconsin Jobs Now group. The striking workers want what they call "family supporting jobs" with a $15 per-hour wage. They also want the ability to form a union without, what they call "interference from employers or unfair labor practices." People against the protests say workers should be happy to have any job at all and that fast food jobs aren't necessarily designed to be "family supporting."
The groups call the fast food industry one of the fastest growing in the United States, but feel the regular employees aren't seeing any of the profits those major fast food chains are making. Workers also plan to walk off the job at Burger King, Dollar Tree, Sears, Pizza Hut, Jimmy John's, Wendy's and more both in Wisconsin and nationwide.
For the first time this year, the protests are supposed to expand into Madison and Wausau as well.