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Local Fast Food Workers Join National Strike

Dozens of local workers are striking.
PEORIA – Thousands of fast food employees said they’re taking a stand. Thursday, In cities across the country, workers walked off the job. Here at home, workers explain what they’re fighting for.

Dozens of workers and their supporters are rallied together outside of McDonald’s on Main Street in Peoria.

They yelled, “Organizing is our right, strike, strike.”

Workers said they want better pay. They’re asking for $15 an hour.

Maria Trisler, an employee of McDonald’s said, “I would like that yes, it would definitely help.”

They also want the right to form their own union. That’s something they said will protect them.

They said, “Innocent workers under attack, what do we do, what do we do."

McDonald’s Employee Brittany Green said, “I'm barely getting by paycheck to paycheck, I feel like how hard my McDonald's coworkers work I feel like we should get more than $8.25"

They said it’s not only about the money, but fairness and respect. Green said, “I do cashier, I do drive through. It's a lot that you do when you get hired at McDonald's.”

Along with nearly 60 other cities, Peoria’s fast food workers hope their chants, their signs, and their mission will make a change. Trisler said, “I just want everybody to realize how hard that we do work and every one of us and we do do our job, we show up on time, we're here every day and a lot of us know our job, don't have to be told what to do and we need a little more appreciation I think."

McDonald’s said in a statement to WMBD 31 News that the individuals organizing these events do not provide an accurate picture of what it means to work at McDonald’s. The company said it aims to offer competitive pay and benefits to its employees. It said it also provides training and professional development for all of those who wish to take advantage of those opportunities.
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