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Fast food workers call for nationwide strike

fast food protestSEATTLE — Fast food workers across the nation plan to walk out on their jobs later this month in an effort to bring attention to what many call non-livable wages and poor working conditions.

The nationwide strike is spearheaded by the website lowpayisnotok.org, a loosely organized group of fast food workers and others concerned with low wage. Fast food workers, including many in Seattle, walked out on their jobs in protest of low wages multiple times throughout the past few months. Workers seek a raise in pay to $15-an-hour, the right to unionize without retaliation and a change in what some call unfair labor practices.

Many, such as Burger King employee Terrance Wise, said the walkout is an effort to put pressure on the $200 billion fast-food industry.

“The more of us who go on strike that day, the louder our message will be that it is not right for companies making billions in profits to pay their workers pennies,” Wise said.

Retail workers from stores such as Macy’s, Sears and Dollar Tree are expected to join in the strike, lowpayisnot.org organizers said.

The strike will take place the day after the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, a march that called to raise minimum wage of $2 per hour. Adjusted to inflation, that minimum wage would equal $15.26 an hour today, according to an online inflation rate calculator. The federal minimum wage in 1963 was $1.25, which would equate to around $9.45 today.

Opponents of raising minimum wage say it will affect costs all across the industry, further compounding the problem.

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8 Comments to “Fast food workers call for nationwide strike”

    christina said:
    August 19, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    having worked in the fast food business for many years myself and knowing full well what the managers alone get the business owners should be looking to the actual crew members to give them the bonuses most of the managers are just for show. question they need to ask them selves is where would they be without us peeones!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    mary said:
    August 19, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Fast food is not a job for life, it is a stepping stone to better jobs. If they did this it would mean a 16 year old with no experience would be making more then some people with collage educations. How about we start striving to be more then just the minimum instead of changing it.

    Angus said:
    August 19, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Go ahead and strike. Do you chuckleheads think anyone will miss you. Hahahahaha, trust me someone will work in your place. Look up the word expendable and paste a picture of yourself next to the definition, BwoooHHAHAHAHAHA!

      Chris said:
      August 19, 2013 at 3:55 PM

      I bet many of these same people are out for the immigration protests. Those 11mil will do it for half of what they are making now. Viva la cheapo labor!

    Kit said:
    August 19, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    I have some empathy for the workers in these industries, but those businesses wouldn't exist if they paid the employees more and then increased what they charge the public. The food isn't good for you anyway.

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