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Minimum Wage: Illinois Workers Demand Increase

Minimum Wage: Illinois Workers Demand Increase

Photo: Associated Press, Newsradio WTAX

Fast food workers from across the country have voted to escalate their campaign for higher wages and union representation by including civil disobedience.

More than 1,300 workers gathered Saturday in Villa Park, Illinois. Some workers say they’re prepared to engage in sit-down strikes and organize more workers in their campaign to win $15-an-hour wages and a union.

Their actions so far have included one-day strikes and a protest outside this year’s McDonald’s Corp. shareholder meeting.

Industry officials say a $15 wage would hurt job creation, and that the solution is more education and job training.

Twenty-year-old Cindy Enriquez says the $8.25-an-hour wage she earns a McDonalds in Phoenix makes her dream of going to college impossible.

The workers’ effort is supported by the Service Employees International Union.

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