Nationwide Strike Urges Fast Food Companies to Increase Wages
Fast food workers across the country are walking off the job today to protest low wages. If you’re looking for a quick burger for lunch today, give yourself some extra time to wait!Workers at McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC, and Wendy’s are all going on strike in seven cities across the country to protest the nearly criminally low wages they’re paid by their employers. There aren’t any cities in Texas that will be subjected to officially organized protests. The nationwide strike hopes to encourage these companies to pay their employees at least $15 per hour.
Employees say that due to under-staffing, in many cases they perform the duties of three workers, and deserve to be paid higher than single-digit dollars per hour.
This is not the first strike undertaken by fast food workers this year: a similar protest in April by workers at McDonald’s and Yum! Brand Restaurants (Taco Bell, KFC, Pizza Hut, and WingStreet) took place to mixed results. In a similar retail sector, Wal-Mart recently put plans for three Washington D.C. area stores on hold after the D.C. council passed legislation requiring large stores to pay workers at least $12.50 an hour.
What do you think? Is it fair for these companies to pay their employees their current wages?