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Chicago Fast Food Protest: Workers Rally For Higher Wages As McDonald's Shareholders Meet

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Building on the momentum from a string of previous demonstrations, a group of Chicago fast food workers gathered early Thursday calling for higher wages.

ABC Chicago reports "dozens" of workers protested outside the Rock N Roll McDonald's in the busy River North Entertainment District calling for a bump in pay to $15 dollars an hour.

"I'm frustrated. I'm doing the best I can," McDonald's worker Tyree Johnson told ABC. "I'm a hard worker, I'm dedicated. And I cry my heart out to my employer every day saying, can I get a raise, can I get a raise, a decent raise."

The Thursday demonstration is a follow up the massive worker strike a month earlier when hundreds of Chicago-area fast-food and retail workers walked off the job in protest for a living wage.

The city's fast food and retail workers united for the April protests, held by the "Fight for 15" campaign, and originally spearheaded by the Workers Organizing Committee of Chicago, according to DNAinfo Chicago.

As reported earlier by HuffPost, since the recession officially ended, lower-wage jobs paying less than $14 an hour have grown nearly three times faster than jobs that pay more. Worker pay has remained low even as low-wage employers post record profits.

As of Thursday, McDonald's stocks were trading at more than $100 a share.

Following the protest, workers boarded a bus for McDonald's headquarters in the Chicago suburb of Oak Brook to hand-deliver a petition at the company's annual shareholder meeting. In addition to the worker protest, shareholders are grappling with the role the fast food giant plays in the global obesity epidemic, the Tribune reports.

Thursday morning, The Fight For 15 tweeted from outside McDonald's headquarters:

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