CHICAGO (Reuters) – U.S. fast-food workers went on strike on Thursday, aiming to convince thousands of restaurants they make huge profits from paying them a pittance and that they deserve a raise.
The one-day strike is the latest in a series of U.S. protests over the past 18 months that have targeted fast-food restaurant operators, including McDonald’s Corp and Burger King Worldwide Inc.
Fast-food workers are seeking wages of $15 an hour and the right to unionize without retaliation, union leaders said.
Strikes were expected to be held in 150 cities, including Boston, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia and Miami, where about 50 people gathered in the rain outside of a McDonald’s near a downtown hospital.
Among the Miami demonstrators was Selmira Wilson, who said through a translator that it was nearly impossible to care for her three children with the low wages she earned from McDonald’s.
“I have to work two jobs,” Wilson said. “I clean offices at night just to get by.”
U.S. President Barack Obama has pushed Congress to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour from the current $7.25, a move fought by Republicans in Congress.
Courtesy of Reuters