While McDonald’s top executives bring in ,663.00 an hour, most of their employees are stuck bringing in minimum wage. Industry profits continue to rise at a time when 52% of fast food workers are forced to rely on public assistance to feed their own families – at a cost of billion per year to taxpayers.
Fast food workers will stage a one-day strike against their employers in 100 cities on Thursday, activists told the New York Times. Strikes will take place for the first time in many cities and are inviting supporters to join them over lunch break. They’re asking their neighbors and customers to give just one lunch hour to show solidarity and help spread their movement to new cities.
The strikes will be the latest after fast food workers walked out in August in the largest action ever, which took place in more than 50 different cities. The strikes began a year ago this November with 200 workers staging a one-day strike at more than 20 restaurants in New York City, “the first such walkout in the history of the nation’s fast-food industry,” Greenhouse writes. Since then they have spread dramatically, beginning in cities in the northeast and then spreading to the midwest and south.
Striking workers have been demanding a raise to 5 an hour and the right to form a union. While industry groups claim that only a small portion of their jobs pay the federal minimum wage of .25 and those are mostly entry-level jobs, median wages are only around .85.
Many argue these low-wage jobs are meant just for teenagers trying to make a little extra money, but studies have shown that people ages 25 to 54 hold the largest share of the country’s fast food jobs, and nearly 70 percent earn between .26 (just above the minimum wage) and 0.09. More than a quarter are supporting a child. And these poorly paid jobs are rarely a starting point to move up the corporate ladder: less than 9 percent of the industry’s employees become supervisors and just 2.2 percent hold managerial jobs.
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