Fast-food workers strike in 60 cities, demanding $15/hr

Thousands of fast-food workers kicked off a day of coordinated strikes in more than 60 cities nationwide on Thursday, walking off their jobs and forming picket lines to demand salaries of $15 an hour and the ability to form unions.
More than 4 million people work in the $200 billion fast-food industry in the U.S., earning an average annual wage of $18,130 in 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
But in New York City, for example, fast-food workers earning the minimum wage of $7.25 an hour struggle to pay their bills in a city where the average apartment rents for $3,017.19 a month, according to real estate research firm Reis.
Fast-food restaurant employees started picketing at 6:30 a.m. Thursday in front of a McDonald’s on Fifth Avenue in midtown Manhattan, brandishing signs and chanting for better pay and benefits.

Read more at Al Jazeera America
Photo: Sadaf Syed for Al Jazeera America 

Fast-food workers strike in 60 cities, demanding $15/hr

Thousands of fast-food workers kicked off a day of coordinated strikes in more than 60 cities nationwide on Thursday, walking off their jobs and forming picket lines to demand salaries of $15 an hour and the ability to form unions.

More than 4 million people work in the $200 billion fast-food industry in the U.S., earning an average annual wage of $18,130 in 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

But in New York City, for example, fast-food workers earning the minimum wage of $7.25 an hour struggle to pay their bills in a city where the average apartment rents for $3,017.19 a month, according to real estate research firm Reis.

Fast-food restaurant employees started picketing at 6:30 a.m. Thursday in front of a McDonald’s on Fifth Avenue in midtown Manhattan, brandishing signs and chanting for better pay and benefits.

Read more at Al Jazeera America

Photo: Sadaf Syed for Al Jazeera America 

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