Fast Food Workers Plan Protests, Walkouts For Higher Wages

Fast food workers in 100 cities are planning to participate in a one-day strike during peak mealtimes this Thursday, Dec. 5, to focus attention on what the groups say are inadequate wages.

The strikes will include participation from activist groups Fast Food Forward and Fight for 15 as part of a growing union-supported movement demanding a $15-an-hour wage for fast food workers. Employees from over two dozen chains, including McDonald's (NYSE: MCD), Taco Bell, Popeye's and Long John Silver's, are said to be participating.

The first one-day strike occurred in Nov. 2012, when 200 fast food workers walked out of 20 eateries in New York City. Eight months later on Aug. 29, 2013, the strikes expanded, taking place in more than 50 U.S. cities.

Supporters of the movement say that the federal minimum wage of $7.25 is not enough to support the average fast-food worker, who is 29 years old. 

Just last week, wage strikes also erupted at Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) warehouses in Germany, with workers rallying for fair wages and benefits through the holiday shipping seasons. The union for workers in Leipzig has organized several short strikes this year in an effort to force Amazon to agree to increased pay and improved employment conditions.

For more see:
This New York Times article

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