Fast Food Workers Demand Change, Walk Out On Jobs

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FERGUSON, MO (KTVI)-- The chants were loud and the message was clear. More than 100 fast food workers from McDonald`s and Jimmy John's walked out on their jobs and stood their ground along West Florissant in Ferguson.

McDonald`s employee Sharmale Humphrey says she struggles to survive. "If I am working hard I should be able to maintain in my lifestyle. I shouldn`t have to struggle and be stressed and depressed about taking care of my home," said Humphrey.

Employees gathered out on the sidewalk, held signs and chanted to let their employers know what`s on their minds. They want $15 per hour and a new union. Workers Angela Harrison and Mahogany Roberts say they are hoping for a change.

"Some people are scared, but the people here today, they are standing up for everyone working for fast food," said Roberts.

"Many people over many years have been fed up with the wages and how we are treated on our jobs here," said Harrison.

McDonald`s issued the following statement:

"We value and respect all the employees who work at McDonald's restaurants. The majority of McDonald’s restaurants in St. Louis and across the country are owned and operated by independent business men and women. Both our company and franchised-owned restaurants work hard every day to treat McDonald's employees with dignity and respect. Employees are paid competitive wages and have access to a range of benefits to meet their individual needs. In addition, employees who want to go from crew to management can take advantage of a variety of training and professional development opportunities."

More strikes are expected in the coming days.

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