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Fast Food workers walk off job protesting wages
Fast-food workers in about 100 cities are walking off the job today.
It is meant to call attention to the difficulties of living on the federal minimum wage of 7. 25 an hour.
The protesters are calling for it to be bumped up to 15-dollars an hour.
From New York to Los Angeles
And about 100 cities in between, fast food workers walked off the job today and onto picket lines, pushing for higher pay. Organizers say this nation-wide day of action marks the largest effort yet to call attention to the difficulties of living on current the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour- or roughly $15,000 a year for a full time employees.
Man in black hat: "...We're stuck. We don't earn enough to make ends meet..."
From WABC ; "The money that we are getting is not enough to support our family."
The protests are targeting well-known chains like Burger King, and this McDonalds in Washington DC, where people have been gathered since sunrise. Workers say a typical fast food cashier or cook makes a wage that falls below the federal poverty line for a family of three.
Jonathan Westin: "Until we actually lift workers up and give them wages they can live off of, there won't be a true recovery of the greatest recession since the depression."
But the National Association of Restaurant Workers is pushing back against all the protests, saying "dramatic increases in starting wage...Will increase prices for restaurant meals...And lead to fewer jobs created.")
At 15 bucks an hour - that would translate to a 20-percent jump in fast food costs for consumers.
President Obama joined the conversation on Wednesday, saying he will push congress to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.
Obama: "We know that there are airport workers, and fast food workers, and nurse assistants and retail salespeople who work their tails off and are still living at or barely above poverty."
One measure to raise the minimum wage is already pending in the senate.