Fast-food workers stage global one-day strike

Fast-food workers in Chicago walked off the job to protest low wages.  They will be picketing until 5:30 p.m.

It’s part of a global one-day strike happening in 150 cities on six continents.

The workers are campaigning for $15 per hour pay, and the right to form a union without retaliation.

It’s the fifth time fast-food workers in Chicago have gone on strike.

Many of those who are picketing work for McDonald’s, Burgers King and Wendy’s.   Most of them are making $8.25 an hour, Illinois’ minimum wage, and are part-time with no benefits and no set schedule.

McDonald’s issued a statement:

“We offer part-time and full-time employment, benefits and competitive pay based on the local marketplace and job level.”

“This is an important discussion that needs to take into account the highly competitive nature of the industries that employ minimum wage workers.”

Several lawmakers, including President Obama, support raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

 

19 comments

  • kirby14

    I understand their concerns. But, when I have to be sure to check my order – from the drive thru – just because so many mistakes are made – well, I don't see how more $$$ will correct that!

  • brian long

    Great. Go ahead and raise it. Everything else will follow and you are worse off then when you started. Think people.alot more will be worse off then the uneducated low wage earners.

    • Andrew Jackson

      Raising the minimum wage is the best thing that could happen to this country. If it had kept pace with inflation, it would be $14 an hour right now. The rich can afford to pay more. They only hoard their money anyway.

      • seriously

        Stop believing the rich are going to pay more, just because they can. Will never happen. Just look at Obamas good buddy Warren Buffet.

  • Dick Beninya

    Go ahead, raise it to $15! But the workers should beware, at that pay point a lot of college educated unemployed will start looking for for jobs at the Golden Arches, and probably get the order right. Then you go from $8.25 to $0…….:

  • thelogicalpositivist

    You get paid according to what the market will sustain, not according to how much you need to feed your 12 kids. Demand that the government force a $15 minimum wage for McDonald's employees and the next order you place there will be through a computer kiosk.

  • Duh

    Remember one thing. There are more stupid people in this country than there are smart people and when they band together they are a force to be reckoned with. Take the election of Obammi and you can see what large numbers of stupid people can accomplish. Stupid people do not understand that you cannot hurt the rich. If you get $15 that you don't deserve, the price of everything you buy will go up. You will end up making more and spending even more. A 75% pay increase without any corresponding increase in productivity is just extortion and theft.

  • DARRELL PALMER

    One worker says that he earns $8.25 an hour. $800.00 a month..His rent is $700.00 he has no money for gas or utilities. IS HE JUST STUPID? QUIT ALREADY..WTF I DO NOT WANT TO PAY $18 FOR A HAPPY MEAL BECAUSE HE CAN'T CHANGE JOBS FOR MORE $$$ HE KNEW WHAT IT PAID WHEN HE HIRED ON. H-E-L-L-O

  • Sad World

    This could actually be amazing. They raise the wage, therefore they have to raise the cost of fast food. People stop buying fast food because it's no longer the cheapest option and BOOM fast food poison is no longer around!

  • datablade

    Perhaps you could have found time during those 25 years to increase your education and abilities and would then have earned more money. No one is simply going to pay you more "because I need more".

  • Mama

    WOW! What are they complaining about? Try working fast food here in ALASKA… our min wage is $7.75Hr. and the C.O.L is WAY more then the lower 48!

  • StickChick

    Minimum wage is the least you can pay an UNSKILLED worker. Those are people who are entering the workforce who have NO SKILLS. Now, if someone if over 30 and still making minimum wage, that means they have not taken the time or effort to make themselves more attractive to another position or for their employer to find reason to pay them more. Remember, we are a supply and demand economy. Workers who are valued by a company earn competitive wages to prevent them from leaving. For gosh sakes, after being in the workforce over 3 years, you would think you had learned SOMETHING to set yourself apart from the other unskilled laborers out there. It should not be the fault of government if the workers do not want to train/learn other skills. Nor should it be the fault of consumers who earn above minimum wage (who have skills) to support them.
    At one time, when I was young and unskilled, I earned minimum wage. I hated it and knew if I didn't bring more to the table to warrant a higher salary, I was going to wallow there for my entire working career.

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