Madison protesters march for higher pay

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MADISON (AP) – Protesters in Madison joined others across the world gathering to turn up the pressure on McDonald’s and other fast-food chains to raise worker pay.

The demonstrations, planned in more than 30 countries Thursday, build on a campaign by unions to bring attention to the plight of low-wage workers and get the public behind the idea of a $15-an-hour wage.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports more than 40 people took part in pickets Thursday in the rain along East Washington Avenue.

Sean Lane says he spent two years in prison and submitted job applications to nearly 120 local businesses before he was hired by Taco Bell about a year ago. The 29-year-old is thankful for the job, but the $8.40-per-hour wage doesn’t go far.

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