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Four Milwaukee McDonald's workers walk off job to join high wage rally

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Four employees at a McDonald's in Milwaukee walked out Thursday morning, joining dozens outside the restaurant at a rally for higher wages.  

Similar events were being held Thursday in Madison, Wausau, Stevens Point, and about 100 other U.S. cities. They're all trying to get fast food restaurants to pay at least $15 an hour, and allow unions.  

Milwaukee college student Devonte Yates said he attended three previous rallies over the past year -- but this is the first time he has walked off a job. Yates said he makes the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, and he must decide whether to pay his phone bill or electric bill.  

The National Restaurant Association says only 5 percent of fast food employees around the country make the minimum. If they're forced to raise wages, the restaurants predict higher prices and smaller staffs.  

Meanwhile, U.S. Senate Democrat Tom Harkin of Iowa has a bill to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

State Senate Democrats Bob Wirch and Nikiya Harris say they'll hold a news conference on Tuesday. They'll encourage majority Republicans to hold a public hearing on a bill to raise the state's minimum to $7.60 an hour. Both the state and federal measures would include automatic adjustments for inflation. 

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)