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Bloomington-Normal fast food employees join nationwide protest

Bloomington joined in the fast food strike Thursday afternoon, as workers set up their protest outside of the Hardee's off of Veterans Parkway.

Bloomington joined in the nationwide fast food strike Thursday afternoon, as workers set up their protest outside of the Hardee's off of Veterans Parkway.

They say they're upset over the amount of work that they're asked to do, calling what they make "just over poverty wages."

A lot of fast food chain employees left work to join the protesters. Several started at two Peoria McDonald’s locations, before coming over to Bloomington-Normal.

“I don't feel like it's being greedy. Our company makes $10 billion and how often, and we're getting $8.25. So, we can't get a raise? I've been here almost two years; I still haven't had a raise,” said Caravina Jones, a Hardee’s employee.

Right now, many employees at Hardee's make around $8.25 per hour. The strikers are asking for an increase to $15 an hour.
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