Thousands of fast-food employees across the country are expected to stage a walkout today in what could end up being the largest strike organized by fast-food workers!
Employees are demanding higher wages, claiming many of them simply cannot live off their current paychecks without public assistance, and many are being paid minimum wage, which is currently $7.25 an hour, or $15,000 a year for full-time workers.
McDonald's employee Shaniqua Davis says she struggles to get by on minimum wage, and most weeks she isn't even able to log more than 40 hours:
"One of my paychecks, I only got $71 on there. So I wasn't able to do much with that. My daughter needs stuff, I need to get stuff for my apartment."
Strikers are asking fast-food chains to raise their wages up to $15 an hour, which is more twice as much as some are currently being paid and would come out to $31,000 a year for full-time workers.
The restaurants have already responded to the demands by saying increasing the wages would have a ripple affect and could result in higher prices for customers.
It will be interesting to see the turnout at fast-food chains throughout the country, and whether or not the strikes prove to be successful.
Meanwhile, you might want to avoid grabbing a Big Mac or a Whopper at lunch today!
[Image via John Minchillo/AP Images.]
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