If you’re a teenager, working in fast food is sort of a right of passage in this country, but if you’re an adult, it doesn’t come close to paying the bills, and that’s why hundreds of fast food workers are walking off the job today in New York City.
Workers at McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, KFC, Taco Bell, and Domino’s Pizza locations have been organizing to demand a living wage, and chose today to begin their strike.
The workers are demanding a wage of $15/hr, a raise from their current minimum wage salaries, and recognition of their union, the Fast Food Workers Committee.
This strike is unique because it is the first multi-franchise union strike. Workers who are striking say that earning $7.30 per hour doesn’t afford them enough to buy food, pay rent, and purchase metro bus and train cards.
What is worse is that McJobs make up a large number of the jobs that have increased since the recession, meaning that good jobs are being replaced by these low wage fast food jobs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that seven out of 10 growth occupations over the next decade will come from low-wage fields.
Fast food has done well with its cheap food throughout the recession, but like many American companies, they refuse to share any of that wealth with their workers.