Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Worth the Wage Fast-Food Employees Make a Case for Higher Pay

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Worth the Wage Fast-Food Employees Make a Case for Higher Pay

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Strikes last week by fast-food employees in seven cities underscored how impossible it is for Americans to live on a minimum- wage salary.

In New York City, St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee, Kansas City and Flint, Mich., workers at the most recognized brands of fast food left their busy counters and hot kitchens to make a point. In many cases, they were joined by friends, family members and clergy.

The demonstrators who carried placards around McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's and other outlets run by the corporate giants that carve up a $200 billion-a-year industry were pushing for more than a $1 or $2 boost in the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. They were marching for a living wage -- about $15 an hour -- which would make working a second job to afford the basics less necessary. They also want union representation.

The employees complained of stressful working conditions, punitive bosses, unreasonable work rules, arbitrary scheduling and few benefits. …

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