Fast Food workers across the nation are demanding higher wages. That includes in La Crosse.
Local union leaders joined other community members in a protest Thursday near the downtown La Crosse Burger King.
They're asking for $15 an hour, saying the current minimum wage of $7.25 is not enough to live on.
They say if people don't make a living wage, they're forced to go on government assistance to get by.
The group says Wisconsin spends 166-million dollars a year on public assistance "just" for people in the retail and fast food industries.
"I think there's a huge misconception that a lot of people that are on public assistance programs like Food Share and earned income tax credits, BadgerCare, aren't working poor, but 73% of the people in those programs are working poor," said County Board Supervisor Karin Johnson.
The Fast Food industry argues bigger paychecks could mean fewer jobs.