Fast-Food Workers Plan Protests in More Than 100 Cities


It's expected to be their biggest strike yet. Fast-food workers in at least 100 cities will walk off the job today. They say life on minimum wage isn't good enough.

"If you have a family of zero you can support yourself but if you have a family of two kids, a wife, where you live at?" said Eduardo Shoy, a fast-food employee.

"These workers live in complete poverty. They work for the richest corporations in the country. This is a $200 billion dollar industry," said Kendall Fells, Organizer of Fast Food Forward.

Workers say the "rich" corporations can afford pay more. They want a $15 minimum wage and the right to form a union. but the National Restaurant Association says that could put many of these people out of work, could slow job creation and increase the price of restaurant meals.

"The skill level that is required at 15 dollars an hour would be very different than the experience level that you have with most of the entry level workers who are making minimum wage right now," said Scott DeFife, with the National Restaurant Assn.

President Obama says fast-food workers do deserve more. He wants to push the current minimum wage up to ten dollars an hour.

"Fast-food workers, and nurse assistants, and retail salespeople who work their tails off and are still living at or barely above poverty," said President Barack Obama.

Today's protesters want the president to sign an executive order that will guarantee a better wage, but even if that doesn't happen they'll still be happy to have their voices heard.

"Once the national is hearing it, we've been striking all over the country so people will understand and really see what's going on," said Shoy.

At least 20 fast-food workers participated in a strike in Lansing this summer. Today there could be many more.


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