A few employees and their supporters protested in front of the McDonald's on Martin Luther King Blvd in South Lansing Thursday.
**Embargo: Milwaukee, WI Nick Chipman, 32, purchased one of every breakfast and lunch sandwich at a McDonald's in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, to make a "McEverything." The "McEverything" cost Chipman $141.33.
They're demanding $15 an hour. That's more than double their current pay of $7.40.
"Fifteen. I think that it's very appropriate for, you know, the work. Me, personally, I have one job and I do multiple - anything that needs to be done. I do it, so I feel like I deserve a decent amount of money. And, I feel like 15 is good," said Nikiya Smith. She's worked at the McDonald's full time for a year.
Fellow employee, Tiffany Davis, agreed, " We can't live off it. We can't live off it. They make enough that they can give us a raise, but they just don't want to."
Employees are also demanding a union for protection in the future.
"If I get fired today. I don't have anyone to back me up, and that's what we're asking for. We want $15 and a union that way we can have security," Davis added.
Economist Charles Ballard says $15 would pull families out of poverty, but it may also drag some into it. "The further you raise it, the more of a danger there would be. My sense is that we could go to ten without any significant job losses. There would probably be some, but they would not be huge. Twelve they'd probably be bigger. Fifteen they might be bigger still," Ballard said.
A recent move by the Michigan legislature will raise the state's minimum wage to $9.25 by 2018. But, workers are still unhappy. They want to see change now.
Workers in South Lansing aren't the only ones looking for higher wages. Similar protests also happened in Flint on Thursday.
They've been going on across the country.