Wage Protesters Target Iowa City McDonald's

By Mark Carlson, Reporter

Protesters march outside the McDonald's on Riverside Drive in Iowa City Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. (Mark Carlson/KCRG-TV9)

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IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Protesters complained about minimum wage outside the McDonald's on Riverside Drive in Iowa City Thursday. The group of more than two dozen called for increased wages at all fast food restaurants, as well as at other low-paying jobs.

"It's not about McDonald's, it's about minimum wage," said Jim Jacobson, who helped organize the rally. "You can't live off that."

The group was made up of local union members and community members, not McDonald's employees.

"We're out here for the people working in there," Jacobson said.

Some protesters said they'd like to see the current minimum wage more than double to $15 an hour. The current rate is $7.25.

The rally was part of a national movement outside fast food restaurants across America. Jacobson said events will take place at fast food restaurants in about 200 other U.S. cities, including Cedar Rapids late Thursday afternoon. Protests have been scheduled at Wendy's, Burger King and McDonald's at 4 p.m. in Cedar Rapids.

A call to the Iowa City McDonald's franchise owner was not immediately returned.

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