Last month the headlines were abound with articles ridiculing the proposed budget for McDonald’s hourly employees making $7.25 hourly. The budget journal, a result of McDonald’s joining forces with Visa, proposed that its workers have two full-time jobs and pay as little as $20 a month for health insurance and $600 a month for rent. It was unrealistic and laughed at by all.
Now labor organizers are calling upon fast-food workers across the country to go on strike August 29th to pressure restaurant chains to raise the hourly wage from an average of $8.94 to $15. One-day job walkouts are expected to take place in New York City, Washington D.C., St. Louis, Milwaukee, and Detroit.
The spokesperson for the website promoting the event, LowPayIsNotOk.org, has stated that companies like McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King, Taco Bell, KFC, Pizza Hut, Domino’s, Little Caesars, Subway, Jack in the Box, and Jimmy John‘s are expected to be targeted.
Many of these companies have justified their low wages by advertising to its workers and the press that they offer several opportunities and programs for their lowest paid employees to gain advancement towards higher paid positions. They claim that many of their higher up’s at one point started as fast-food workers and delivery drivers, a statement which they feel should be evidence enough that their lower paid positions are only a stepping stone to stable careers and growth.
Some have weighed in to discuss the demands and many of them worry that raising the wage to $15 would be unsustainable. Regardless of whether or not they do concede to those demands, many of these big chain restaurants will be deeply affected by the protests to take place next week. Be on the lookout in your hometown next Thursday as there may not be anyone there to take your order!