Some fast food restaurant workers set to walk off the job
POSTED: Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 10:20am
UPDATED: Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 12:45pm
Fast food restaurant workers in one hundred U.S.cities plan to walk off the job today (Thursday). It's part of a national effort to raise the minimum wage to 15 dollars an hour in the industry and secure the right to unionize.
Protests began last year and have since gained momentum. The median pay for the fast food workers nationwide is just over nine dollars an hour, or about $18,500 a year. That is lower than the Census Bureau's Poverty income threshold level for a family of four.
The National Restaurant Association claims the demonstrations are a "coordinated PR campaign engineered by national labor groups," and that "relatively few restaurant workers have participated" in past demonstrations.