Religious & Labor Groups Are Organizing a Fast-Food Workers Strike

Several labor and religious groups are attempting to organize a strike for fast-food workers across the nation. The United Auto Workers, the Presbyterian Church USA, a handful of individual churches and synagogues and several Congressional representatives are supporting the effort. The campaign is calling for a one-day strike on Aug. 29 to call attention to the low wages of fast-food restaurant employees.

Campaign organizers are calling for a minimum wage of $15 per-hour for fast-food employees, and want assurances that workers who unionize will be protected. Critics of the strike say that fast-food profit margins are already so small, that the pay increase could force some restaurants out of business. Currently, the average fast-food worker makes around $9 an hour—that comes out to $18,720 a year. But, as pro-labor groups point out, many are prevented from working full time hours, and they do not receive benefits …

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Chris Kanas

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Chris Kanas commented…

"But, as pro-labor groups point out, many are prevented from working full time hours, and they do not receive benefits …"

Sorry, but welcome to the new workforce under the ACA where part-time is going to be, for a lot of people, a reality.

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