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Young Workers Picket McDonald’s

April 14, 1998

MACEDONIA, Ohio (AP) _ Young workers at a McDonald’s have picketed the fast-food restaurant, complaining about poor pay and verbal abuse from their supervisors.

About six workers walked off the job Sunday morning. They picketed outside the restaurant on Monday and today, holding signs that said ``Unqualified Management,″ ``Stop the Harassment,″ ``Overworked, Underpaid,″ and ``All Corporate Cares About is $.″

``We didn’t mean to have all this attention,″ said Jamal Nickens, 20, of Macedonia, the oldest person on the picket line.

``We just wanted to get theirs,″ he said motioning toward McDonald’s.

The workers complained that new trainees sometimes earn more than people who have been at the restaurant for a year. They also said managers are abusive when correcting the staff.

The pickets said they want supervisors to schedule regular crew-manager meetings to air problems and find solutions. They want alleged pay discrepancies corrected.

A message was left this morning for franchise owner Jed Greene, who also owns McDonald’s franchises in Northfield and Oakwood.

Regional McDonald’s spokeswoman Sue Hennessey told newspapers that Greene is willing to talk with the workers. A message seeking further comment was left at her office and McDonald’s headquarters in Oak Brook, Ill.

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