Demanding higher wages, dozens of fast-food workers stormed the Church's Chicken on Dort Highway in Burton, waving signs, chanting, â??Hey, hey, ho, ho, 7-40 has got to go,â?? in unison.
â??I don't even have money to put food on the table for me and my daughter,â?? said Carlos Hodo, an assistant manager at Churchâ??s. Hodo says, after three years on the job, itâ??s still tough to make ends meet.
â??Barely been able to pay the bills, pay the water bills, rent, Consumers, don't have no gas money, got to scramble just to even get to work,â?? Hodo said.
Protesters say demanding $15 an hour â?? roughly twice the stateâ??s current $7.40 minimum wage â?? is not unreasonable. They joined thousands of fast-food workers across seven cities to fight for more pay and the right to unionize.
Protests became so heated at one point, police were called to the scene. It did little to quell the resonating shouts for better living wages.
Protester Howard Grigsby said, â??People have mortgages, insurance, car notes, utilities, and even just some leisure time, and if we can make more money, we can put more into the community."
The rally was led by D-15, a coalition of faith-based and labor organizations. Workers in New York City, St. Louis, Milwaukee and Kansas City also held similar strikes.
In a written statement, the Michigan Restaurant Association said it remains committed to creating jobs for the economy, but that the wage mandate proposed in these strikes would result in higher menu prices and cost jobs.