If you’re planning on grabbing lunch at your local eatery, you may need a Plan B.
Fast food workers and retail workers nationwide are on strike today. They are demanding $15 an hour and the right to unionize. Organizers say workers in 100 U.S. cities, including Chicago, walked off the job as early as 6:30am.
A similar strike in August attracted fast-food workers from 60 cities, they say. The President weighed in on the issue this week, saying the federal minimum wage needs to be raised.
Not so fast, others say. Some restaurants are questioning how large the movement really is.
A McDonald’s spokeswoman says they are not strikes, but rather rallies staged by outside groups.
One Chicago McDonald’s employee, Janah Bailey, says she works two jobs at two different fast food restaurants and attends school. She says her family needs the money and a pay raise would help.