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Raise Up MKE members outside a Milwaukee McDonald's this morning. (PHOTO: Raise Up MKE)

Milwaukee workers march for better wages


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Members of Raise Up MKE, a local group with ties to a growing national movement of retail workers, is striking and rallying across Milwaukee today.

There is a rally today at 4 p.m. at the Milwaukee County Courthouse.

This follows similar actions in other cities from New York and Detroit to Chicago which seek to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour and to demand union representation.

The fast food and retail workers, marching under slogans like "Can't survive on 7.25," have already rallied at a McDonald's and a Dollar Tree in the city.

Plans for additional rallies continue throughout the day. Raise Up MKE speaks from their own personal experience as low-wage workers and draws on research from organizations such as the Center for Economic and Policy Research, which finds that 60 percent of fast food workers are between the ages of 25 to 60 with families to support.

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emills81 | May 15, 2013 at 4:46 p.m. (report)

It must be nice to be able to take off work in the middle of the day on a Wednesday.

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AndrewJ | May 15, 2013 at 10:48 a.m. (report)

If the minimum wage was $15, McDonalds $2 menu would turn into the $5 menu, and a plain hamburger would cost $4.89. Nobody would patron the place anymore, and they'd go out of business. Now you're making $0.00 an hour. How about, start at $7.25 an hour, work hard, and work up. Novel concept.

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