Thousands Of Fast Food Employees Go On Strike

Employees say they want wages raised to $15 an hour and the right to form unions without retaliation.

1. Thousands of fast food employees went on strike for higher wages Monday.

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2. The protests, organized by the group Fast Food Forward, occurred in New York City, Chicago, St. Louis, Detroit, Milwaukee, Kansas City, Mo., and Flint, Mich.

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3. According to Fast Food Forward, fast food employees living on minimum wage in New York City, for example, make a quarter of the money he or she needs to survive.

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4. The average fast food employee makes $11,000 a year and the average fast food CEO makes $25,000 a day, according to the group.

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5. McDonald’s recently came under fire for publishing a sample budget for employees for how to make it on their wages. The budget suggested taking a second job and going without heat.

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6. The protestors also say they want to be able to form unions without retaliation.

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