Treasure Coast residents rally to support fast-food workers

JENSEN BEACH, Fla. - On Monday in Jensen Beach, residents are expected to rally together in honor of Labor Day, and to show their support for fast food workers across the country.

The news comes after thousands of fast food employees and their supporters held strikes in dozens of cities, including New York, Chicago, Detroit and Seattle.

According to the Facebook page made by event organizers, the rally starts at 11 a.m. and is happening at the McDonald's in front of the Treasure Coast Mall. The address is 3546 NW Federal Highway.

According to event organizers, the goal of the rally is "to bring an end to poverty-level wages for their employees. The event is being held in solidarity with fast-food and retail workers' campaign for a living wage and the right to unionize."

Workers across the country say they want higher wages. Many say they currently get paid about $7.25 an hour, which is about $15,000 a year.  For many workers, they say this isn't enough money to survive on.

Many employees say they want their salary doubled, so they'd get paid $15 an hour.

But the corporations behind the fast food chains argue that if they raise salaries, they'd have to raise costs.

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Below is a statement released Monday by McDonald's:

"The story promoted by the individuals organizing these events does not provide an accurate picture of what it means to work at McDonald's.  We respect the strong relationship which exists among McDonald's, our independent operators, and the employees who work in McDonald's restaurants.  Our restaurants remain open, with our dedicated employees providing strong service to our customers.

McDonald's aims to offer competitive pay and benefits to our employees.  We provide training and professional development for all of those who wish to take advantage of those opportunities.  Our history is full of examples of individuals who worked their first job with McDonald's and went on to successful careers both within and outside of McDonald's."

It will be business as usual for us. We respect our employees' rights to voice their opinions.  Employees who participate in these activities and return to work are welcomed back and scheduled to work their regular shifts as usual. We value our employees' well-being and the contributions they make to our restaurants, and thank them for what they do each and every day."

- McDonald's USA

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