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Fast-Food Workers Demand Wage Increases

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – As part of a national, 100-city strike, a handful of fast-food workers on Thursday rallied outside the Pizza Hut on South Cedar Street in Lansing, calling for a hike in the minimum wage.

"We're working for Americans, for people that are the backbone of this country," said Jermel Montgomery, pastor of Walking Right Ministries in Lansing. "There's so many millions of dollars that are poured into fast food everyday, let's just give a little bit more."

Montgomery was joined by about a dozen minimum wage workers and their supporters, who say the cost of living is rising too fast for them to make a fair living on $7.40 an hour. Protesters say they would like to see the state's minimum wage lifted to $15 an hour.

"I've got to feed my son, too. I've got to clothe him. We've got to keep a house over our head, and I find myself having to choose all the time between rent and food," said Damel Bradley, 21. "Everything else is going up, but your pay is not going up."

Wendy Block of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce says Michigan is one of only 19 states in the country that has a minimum wage above what's federally mandated. She says Michigan is keeping pace with increases, but those increases can hurt low-income workers because employers may be forced to downsize if they don't have the funds to pay workers.

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