August 29th, 2013
01:51 PM ET

Fast Food Workers to Strike in 50 Cities

Retailers and fast-food chains are bracing for strikes in 50 cities today. Workers say they can't afford to live on what they are getting paid and they want the right to form unions.

Fast food workers currently make around $9 an hour, or just over $18,500 a year, which is below the national poverty level of $23,000 for a family of four. They want $15 dollars an hour, double the federal minimum wage of $7.25, CNN's Christine Romans reports.

The restaurants, in turn, feel their wages are fair.

The National Restaurant Association tells CNN: "These jobs teach valuable skills and a strong work ethic that are useful for workers throughout their professional careers."

In addition, retail workers are also joining the food fight. Some employees from Macy's, Dollar Tree, and Sears are also expected to walk off the job today.

Stick with CNN.com as the story continues to develop throughout the day.

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    October 31, 2013 at 2:27 am | Reply
  2. Jerrie B. Wright

    As a person who has started with the public at the age of 15 and end with the private sector in food service. The businesses are only allowed in the budget/store plan to have so many full time employees the rest or to be part time. Over all goal is to not go over budget; only way to do this is by labor cost and food cost to stay down. I don't think this is right when you think about the workers who pull doubles, give up a day off and then have to trade a day so they don't have overtime? People say they have no skills, these people have to follow the rules of the franchise/store and business owner and state and fed reg., along with their menus. The mangers, owners, district, regional mangers so forth and on get bonuses if these budgets are met or go under what is expected. I know because I have been in a position of writing the checks. Why not cut back on their percentages; since they are paid more, and pass that on to the workers who do the greatest work for you all by making the gears turn on their welled oiled machined. I think that at times everyone forgets that the jobs these fine people do are not easy. These are the same type of people you find in nursing homes and continuing care communities and they get the same treatment as the fast food employees; except their big bosses want them to do things as if it where a 5 star hotel on a 1 star budget. The whole food service industry needs an overhaul, cause its not as much about the people as you think. Thanks for Great News in the AM.

    August 30, 2013 at 7:05 am | Reply

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