Fast-food workers across country protest for higher wages

Fast-food workers across country protest for higher wages

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Fast food workers engaged in protest today across the country asking for a raise.

According to The Los Angeles Times:

“Police took 10 people into custody after the protesters linked arms and sat down in front of a McDonald’s in downtown Los Angeles. The sit-in capped a midday march through the urban core by hundreds of workers and their supporters.

In San Diego, 11 marchers were arrested for blocking an intersection in the blue-collar neighborhood of City Heights. They were cited for unlawful assembly and released.

Rallies and sit-ins occurred outside McDonald’s restaurants across the country, including Rockford, Ill.; Hartford, Conn.; Boston; Philadelphia; Atlanta; and Miami. Elsewhere, 19 fast-food workers were arrested in New York; 42 in Detroit; 23 in Chicago; 11 in Little Rock, Ark.; and 10 in Las Vegas.

In downtown Los Angeles, protesters seeking wages of $15 an hour staged a lunchtime march before converging in front of a McDonald’s on Broadway. To the sounds of a beating drum, they cycled through chants such as “We want 15 and a union!” and “Si se puede!””

The Center for Economic and Policy Research released a report last year that found that about 70% of fast-food workers earn between the federal minimum wage of $7.25 and $10.10 per hour. Additionally, the majority of fast-food workers are adults with a high school diploma or at least some college. Among fast-food workers who are over the age of 20 between 2010-2012, 17.5% were black and 19.9% were Latino.

Check out some footage from the fast-food strike in Times Square in New York:

Photo credit: Annette Bernhardt via Flickr, Fast Food Strikes, NYC, July 2013

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