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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Thousands Fast Food Workers Strike in 190 Cities, Demand $15 an Hour Wage

Today's post was shared by Steven Greenhouse and comes from ktla.com

Thousands of fast food workers are expected to strike in 190 cities Thursday, demanding a $15 an hour wage, including Iraq war veteran Steven Wilkerson.

Striking workers, demanding a $15 an hour wage, are seen outside a McDonald's restaurant in Los Angeles on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)
Striking workers, demanding a $15 an hour wage, are seen outside a McDonald's restaurant in Los Angeles on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

Striking workers, demanding a $15 an hour wage, are seen outside a McDonald’s restaurant in Los Angeles on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

He earns $8.50 an hour working at a combined Dunkin’ Donuts, Quizno’s and Godfather’s Pizza joint that’s located inside a Hess gas station in Tampa. He spent over a year interviewing for jobs after he left the Marines before landing this one.

Wilkerson believes the protests are leading to change, in fact, this will be his third time striking. After he picketed earlier this year, his manager began to train him to become a shift manager, a title change that should come with a raise.

“I can’t say that wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t protested, but I think speaking out has made it happen faster,” he said.

A lot has happened in the two years since fast-food workers first took to the streets of New York City to demand at least $15 an hour. The issue of fair worker pay is now on the public’s mind, and state and local lawmakers have begun to respond.

Dozens of states and cities have raised the minimum wage for workers in all types of industries to well above the federal minimum wage...

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