Fast-Food Workers to Strike for One Day: Today
Workers clamoring for living wage
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 29, 2013 7:17 AM CDT
A kid's meal of macaroni and chocolate milk is served by a worker at Burger King with a toy in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, April 27, 2010   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

(Newser) – You could have a tough time getting a Whopper or Big Mac today—assuming you live in Detroit; New York; Milwaukee; Chicago; St. Louis; Flint, Mich.; or Kansas City, Mo. Fast-food workers in those cities are planning to walk today, in a single-day strike that has worker pay in its crosshairs. The striking workers want their hourly wages raised to a "living wage" of $15 an hour (CBS New York notes that New York's statewide average is $8.25). Strike supporter Fast Food Forward points out that the people working these jobs in NYC make about $11,000 a year, while the CEOs at these companies rake in $25,000 a day.

The Washington Post paints the movement as a growing one: The latter two cities are joining a list of locations that have already seen strikes occur, and low-wage employees from more stores—like Victoria's Secret, Macy's, and Dollar Tree—are expected to participate today. Also on the list, per WABC: Domino's, Wendy's, and Papa John's. The Post spoke with a 25-year-old Chicagoan who plans to join in. He has worked at McDonald's for 7 years ... and makes $8.60 an hour.

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Ed_LV
Aug 29, 2013 6:36 PM CDT
Let them go on a hunger strike.
zohrin
Aug 29, 2013 12:28 PM CDT
This is ridiculous. So, let me get this straight...you want a raise to bring your salary to $15/hr, which translates to about $30,000/year??? What, is this a reward for NOT going to school or learn a trade or get pregnant at 14 and live off of food stamps and other government assistance??? Get a damn grip people. Why should the rest of us have to supplement your lifestyle of zero aspirations and ambition. Unless, that is, if you consider a french fry line cook a "skilled trade"...
toryd
Jul 31, 2013 4:15 PM CDT
Yes, the minimum wage should be raised, as it is periodically. However, in a typically slanted Newser article, it just HAS to put in the CEOs salaries, to point out how incredibly unfair it all is. Not a mention of how the CEO got his/her position--many years of college, probably MBA at least, started out small at a company and it took many years of hard work to get to the exalted position!!! Unlike the typical worker, who may or may not have a high school diploma or a GED and most do not aspire to better their lot in life. We all have a chance to better ourselves, there are many programs out there to help, but it does take a willingness and hard work to do it.