Local McDonald’s Workers Speak Out in Chicago

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(Manan Vatsyayana/AFP/Getty)

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Five local McDonald’s workers left for Chicago yesterday to speak out at a shareholders’ meeting, calling for a $15-per-hour salary.

Organizer Martin Rafanan with Jobs for Justice thinks that’s realistic.

“Why can’t the workers who are on the frontlines, making McDonald’s and all these other fast food industries successful, why can’t they participate in the success?” he asked. “I mean, this is what we value in our culture.”

The McDonald’s workers say they will also tell the shareholders’ meeting that workers should be allowed to form a union.

Among those making the trip to Chicago is employee Ifama Kellin.

“I feel like if they do raise the Big Macs to ten cent or twenty cent more, it will help us to put more money in the working peoples’ hands,” she said.

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