Fast-Food Workers Walk Off Job at Detroit Location

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Fast-food worker Michelle Osborn, 23, of Flint shouts out chants as she and a few dozen others strike outside of McDonald's on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 in Flint.  (AP Photo/The Flint Journal, Jake May)

Fast-food worker Michelle Osborn, 23, of Flint shouts out chants as she and a few dozen others strike outside of McDonald's on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 in Flint. (AP Photo/The Flint Journal, Jake May)

DETROIT (AP) -- Workers walked off their jobs at a fast-food restaurant in Detroit as part of a national protest against low wages.

Dozens of sign-carrying McDonald's employees and others marched in front of the restaurant during the pre-dawn rally Thursday.

Some of their chants included: "Raise the minimum wage" and "Hey, hey, ho, ho, $7.40 has got to go."

McDonald's maintenance worker Julius Waters was among those protesting. The 29-year-old from Detroit says his $7.40-an-hour wage pays for his transportation to and from work but not much else.

Waters says $15-an-hour would go a long way toward helping him and his 6-year-old son improve their standard of living.

The restaurant industry has said sharply higher wages would lead to steeper prices for customers and fewer opportunities for job seekers.


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