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Fast Food Workers Rally Around The Globe

Fast food workers were set to rally at 6 a.m. this morning, calling for $15 an hour wages and the right to form a union without retaliation from the employer. There are 150 cities in total taking part in the rally, including Hamden, Hartford and Bloomfield. It will expand around the world from Japan to Brazil.

Rallies are expected to take place at fast food restaurants including Wendy’s, Burger King, McDonalad’s and Dunkin’ Donuts. This is not the first time workers have walked off their job. For the past couple of years, they have taken a risk to protest and fight for higher earnings.

Elected officials and community supporters are expected to support the protesters. Many of the workers you’ll see this morning are mothers and fathers struggling to raise a family on low wages. Currently, minimum wage in Connecticut is $8.70  per hour and will rise to $10.10 by 2017.

The state became the first in the nation to pass legislation increasing minimum wage to $10.10 – the same rate President Barack Obama wants federally. McDonald’s is one chain that has been widely targeted in these protests. The company issued a statement addressing the criticism.

“It`s important to know approximately 80 percent of our global restaurants are independently owned and operated by small business owners, who are independent employers that comply with local and federal laws,” McDonald’s said.

Workers will join the picket line at 6 a.m. at Wendy’s on Dixwell Avenue.

 

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17 Comments to “Fast Food Workers Rally Around The Globe”

    Hmmm said:
    May 15, 2014 at 7:41 AM

    $15 an hour?? Really?? If they want that they should have gone to college. College graduates are making that much! The jobs are definitely not worth $15/hour.

      wigglwagon said:
      May 15, 2014 at 8:12 AM

      The only reason America ever had the MOST PROSPEROUS economy was because America had the BEST PAID employees and consequently, American businesses had the customers with the most money to spend.   American business owners are SO GREEDY that they are using free trade agreements, immigration, and deregulation to drive down wages and destroy benefits.   In their quest for short term profits, employers are destroying their own customer base.

      Now, prosperity is nothing but a memory.

        Jim C said:
        May 16, 2014 at 10:53 AM

        No, hard work and personal responsibility is nothing but a memory.

      doit26 said:
      May 16, 2014 at 1:20 PM

      Sick to think about an employee making $15/hr to serve me $1-$5 worth of food. Many times waitresses don't even make that much.

    Steven said:
    May 15, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    So….those people who simply pack fast food, and whom it not my fault they are stuck working that job, should make more than the average paramedic? Yup…totally fair. Middle class is now dead last for everything. Fox ct should show an average wage chart for jobs in ct so we can all see where the probLem is

      Bob said:
      May 16, 2014 at 10:59 PM

      Agreed.

    Mama said:
    May 15, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    WOW! What are they complaining about? Try working fast food here in ALASKA… our min wage is $7.75Hr. and the C.O.L is WAY more then the lower 48!
    Nobody here is protesting… guess they are just GRATEFUL to have a JOB!

    MsNene said:
    May 16, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    You have got to be kidding me! Look McDonald's was never meant to feed a family of six. If you didn't graduate from high school and/or have 5 children then being stuck in a dead end job that doesn't pay your bills is your own fault. Here's a thought go back to school, get a degree and get a better job. Oh yeah and stop having children if you know you can't take care of them based on the income you have! Whatever happened to personal responsibility?

      Jim C said:
      May 16, 2014 at 10:52 AM

      Great post.

      Personal responsibility died a while ago. Thank the liberals who make excuses for everyone versus holding their feet to the fire for the choices they make. It doesn't take much more than common sense to know that if you can barely afford to support yourself then adding another mouth to feed isn't a great idea.

      Bob said:
      May 16, 2014 at 11:09 PM

      What and actually be held accountable for their actions? Grin. What these folks are hiding is the fact that 95% of them are in high school or just graduated from HS. What they also don't tell you is that these are not designed to be permanent jobs- they are introductory temp jobs. So all you whiners – Welcome to the REAL World. You blew off educating yourselves in HS and now expect the world to hand you a FT job that would give you the money to buy a boat, a Porsche and a mansion. Useless self absorbed spoiled brats.

    voiceoftruth19 said:
    May 16, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    If they get $15 dollars an hour I better get paid more so I will be able to pay for the inflated cost of pretty much everything, IF I owned a fast food restaurant and people said I want $15 and hour I line them up and say your fired, your fired , your fired…..so on and so on. Then I would hire people who are great full enough to have a job that pays money and that are working on improving their life by going to school or trying to learn a new trade to get a better paying job. All fast food restaurants will lose my business if they start paying these greedy fools $15 and hour

    Jim C said:
    May 16, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    Easy solution, you walk off the job and you're fired. Then you will have a bunch of job openings for all those people who keep saying there are no jobs. Sure the owner will have to eat some profit for a couple days, but they will just by having people walk out anyway, so it is a win-win for everyone except the clowns who think flipping burgers is worth $15/hour.

    LTD said:
    May 16, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    When I can go to a fast food restaurant and get served by a person without facial piercings, without visible tattoos, who is nice, and who is smart enough to get my order right then maybe (just maybe) that person will deserve $15 an hour.

    Buford said:
    May 16, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    Seems to be a protest over them LOSING their jobs because they think WE will pay more for the grease.

    vainllc0914 said:
    May 18, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    While I agree that people should be paid a living I think that $15 an hour is a bit unreasonable for unskilled fast-food workers. What happens to the skilled worker who is making $15-$16 an hour? Are they going to get a raise commensurate for their skill? Even at $16 an hour which equates to roughly 2k net a month is not really sustainable in some cities across America, especially with the extremely high rents.

    I definitely think that corporations and small business need to stop deliberately paying so low that their workers qualify for entitlements. That is just greed… using the American tax-payer to subsidize what they should be paying in wages in the first place.

      nlw said:
      May 19, 2014 at 12:58 PM

      Thank you for this educated and well thought out response. I agree 100%.

    tpratt said:
    May 19, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    Too bad none of their teachers never said anything like, "How will you ever support yourself and your family if your working at McDonald's?"

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