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Fast food, retail employees in Milwaukee picket for higher wages, unionization

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A few dozen fast food and retail employees picketed Wednesday morning at a McDonald’s on Milwaukee’s north side.

It’s part of a string of job actions in several major cities, in which employees demand higher wages and better working conditions.

A group called “Raise Up Milwaukee” said it was planning the protests at several dozen fast food restaurants and retail stores – and workers were either planning to walk off their jobs, or not show up for their shifts.

The Milwaukee Workers Organizing Committee says there are over 60,000 low wage retail and fast food employees in the area, making an average of just under $9 an hour.

The Raise Up Milwaukee group is demanding pay of $15 an hour, plus the right to form unions without retaliation.