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Wausau Fast Food Workers Expected to Participate in 100 City Strike Thursday

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

The Wisconsin Restaurant Association released a statement regarding protests planned for Thursday December 5th in several Wisconsin cities, including Wausau.

Workers are planning to walk off the job Thursday at McDonald's, Burger King, Little Caesar's, and Wendy's demanding higher wages.

“Wisconsin’s economy is finally recovering from a devastating recession, and the hospitality industry has just started to grow sales and create jobs again,” said Pete Hanson, Vice President of Public Affairs for the Wisconsin Restaurant Association that represents Wisconsin’s 15,000 restaurants. “This would be an inopportune time for the government to mandate higher wages. Employers would have to cut jobs, raise prices, or both, to account for the increased cost.”

Hanson said in a news release, “Very few entry-level employees in our industry are trying to raise a family on that wage.” Seventy percent of restaurant workers earning minimum wage are under age 25, and 46 percent are teenagers, he says.

The protest is expected to be held in front of the McDonald's located at 409 Forest Street in Wausau beginning at 11:15 a.m.

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