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Largest Strike So Far By Fast-Food Workers Set For Thursday

Filed by KOSU News in US News.
August 29, 2013

Organizers say workers at fast-food restaurants in cities across the nation will walk off their jobs Thursday in what’s expected to be the largest such strike so far, The Associated Press writes.

As the wire service adds:

“Thursday’s planned walkouts follow a series of strikes that began last November in New York City, then spread to cities including Chicago, Detroit and Seattle. Workers say they want $15 an hour, which would be about $31,000 a year for full-time employees. That’s more than double the federal minimum wage, which many fast food workers make, of $7.25 an hour, or $15,000 a year.”

According to Reuters, “employees of McDonald’s Corp, Wendy’s Restaurants LLC, Burger King Worldwide Inc and others have pledged to walk off their jobs in 50 cities from Boston, Mass., to Alameda, Calif., organizers say. They are expected to be joined by retail employees at stores owned by Macy’s Inc., Sears Holdings Corp. and Dollar Tree Inc. in some cities.”

Thursday on Morning Edition and on The Salt blog, NPR’s Jennifer Ludden reported about the struggle that many restaurant workers have to put food on their own tables.

Saru Jayaraman, co-founder and co-director of the worker advocacy group the Restaurant Opportunities Center, tells NPR that the cost of child care alone can eat up one-third of some restaurant workers’ incomes. She supports a bill to raise the minimum wage to just over $10.

But as Jennifer adds, “industry officials say a sharp increase in the minimum wage would kill jobs” by forcing some employers to cut positions. [Copyright 2013 NPR]

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