US Fast Food Workers Strike, Demand 100% Pay Raise

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden

“It’s noisy, it’s really hot, fast, they rush you. Sometimes you don’t even get breaks. All for $7.25? It’s crazy,” is how one worker described the conditions that have caused her and the rest of America’s fast-food employees to go on strike today. They demand the right to unionize and better pay – calling for a raise in the minimum wage from $7.25 to $15. Workers chanted, “Supersize our wages,” as spokespersons for the Fast Food Forward campaign explained the economic logic, “If they have more money in their pockets, they’ll spend it right here, helping to boost the entire economy.” Which leaves us asking the always awkward question – where does this new ‘economy boosting’ money come from for this 107% pay rise? With gas prices rising, rents soaring and many employees already reliant on food stamps and medicaid, “I can’t even order something off the menu with what I earn,” one worker noted, “It makes me wonder what I’m even doing there.” Indeed it does with all those benefits on offer elsewhere.

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