EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSFast-Food Restaurant Workers In Some Cities Plan To Walk Off Job
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Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Also Contributing: Fox News
Reported: Jul. 29, 2013 8:29 AM EDT
Updated: Jul. 30, 2013 5:34 AM EDT
Don’t expect to have it your way Monday at some fast-food restaurants across the country.
Workers at the nation’s best known fast-food restaurants in seven cities across America are planning to walk off the job Monday to protest what they say are wages that are too low to live on, Fox News reported.
The Washington Post reported that the protests will take place in New York City, Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Kansas City, and Flint, Mich., involving workers at McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's and KFC. Some employees at stores including Dollar Tree, Macy's and Victoria's Secret are also expected to join the protesters in several cities.
"A lot of the workers are living in poverty, you know, not being able to afford to put food on the table or take the train to work."
The workers are calling for wages of $15 per hour, more than double New York's current minimum wage of $7.25.
A network of local community groups, clergy and unions, including the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), are backing the strike.
“SEIU members, like all service-sector workers, are worse off when large fast-food and retail companies are able to hold down wages and push benefit standards for working people,” Mary Kay Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union, told the Washington Post.
In New York City, the protests were organized by a group called Fast Food Forward, which states its Twitter account: "No one can survive on $7.25."
Some Kanawha County residents agreed.
"Me and my wife both work and we struggle to make it by every week, so it would definitely help a lot," said John Fields, a window washer who makes $10 an hour.
Retiree Bob Brunner said while he thinks fast food workers should make more money, $15.00 is absurd.
"The concern is, however, that if it costs people their jobs because businesses can't afford to hire them it might have the reverse effect of what people want," Brunner said.
Still, Fast Food Forward plans to move ahead with its plans to have workers walk off their jobs.
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