Today, in cities across American, fast food workers are again taking to the streets to protest the paltry wages they earn, mostly minimum wage or slightly better. The work is hard, the hours too often irregular, and the pay terribly inadequate.
Workers in at least seven cities are taking part – Chicago, New York, Kansas City, Detroit, Milwaukee, St. Louis and Flint. They want to raise public awareness about how bad things are and put pressure on their employers start paying a living wage. Employees at Burger King, Wendy’s, McDonald’s, KFC and others are taking part.
The protests have been ongoing for some time now as workers become more and more empowered to act. Fast Food Forward, the group behind the protests, issued this statement:
“In America, people who work hard should be able to afford basic necessities like groceries, rent, childcare, and transportation.” They noted that despite record profits made by fast food companies, their employees struggle to get by. Many are forced onto some form of public assistance despite working.
The organization also points out that while fast food workers in New York City earn an average annual wage of $11,000, fast food chief executives earn an average $25,000 a day. Raising the wages of these workers would strengthen the overall economy.
No one who works full time should live in poverty, as these workers certainly do. No employer is entitled to the labor of anyone without paying a decent wage in return.
It’s now up to the public to bring pressure to bear on these morally challenged, self-serving employers.