(KTVI) – McDonald’s workers plan to rally in St. Louis before heading to Chicago to speak out at a shareholder meeting Wednesday.
They will meet up with dozens of McDonald’s workers who also walked off the job in Chicago, Detroit and Milwaukee. They want 415 an hour and the right to organize a union.
Wednesday’s rally will take place at 10:30 a.m. outside Westminster Church on Delmar Avenue.
About two weeks ago, hundreds of fast food workers walked off their jobs.
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."