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Fast-Food Workers Across All 50 States Are Currently Striking, Demanding A Living Wage

“We can’t survive on $7.25.”

1. Fast-food workers all across the country are striking today, demanding their wages be increased to $15.


FOX 5 Atlanta

@FOX5Atlanta

NOW: Fast-food workers turn up the heat, walk out in ATL for wage hike to $15. @CarolynRyanTV http://t.co/R2W2hNNARs

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2. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, fast food employees on average make about $9 an hour.


Lindsay Farrell

@FarrellSears

#829strikehartford hanging out with some fast food workers who want $15 and a union

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3. If the minimum wage was increased to $10.50, fast-food costs would rise about 2.7%, which would in turn increase menu costs slightly.


Garth Millen

@GarthMillen

Fast food workers fight for $15 per/hr. Currently on ave most make little more than $9 per/hr.

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4. The National Retail Federation called the strikes “theater” orchestrated by unions for unions.


Wisconsin Reporter

@wisconsinreport

Fast food workers and people from labor groups (50 total) striking outside Dunkin Donuts for $15/hr

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5. Workers from chains McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, and KFC are all part of the strike, with some retailers like Macy’s, Sears, and Victoria’s Secret joining in.


10News

@10News

Fast-food workers set to stage walkouts today in dozens of cities including #SanDiego: http://t.co/Ku8pKrtHpe

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6. A key piece of the protests is also about the right to organize, with most fast-food workers currently being non-union.

Dozens of fast food workers marched this morning in South LA. Want $15 an hour and right to unionize.

— KPCCcorey (@Corey Moore)

Corey Moore

@KPCCcorey

Dozens of fast food workers marched this morning in South LA. Want $15 an hour and right to unionize.

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7. The timing of the strike isn’t by accident either, with most striking employees giving Labor Day a deadline for the desired changes.

#Denver joined the nat'l movement today of fast food workers asking for $15 an hour. About 50 at McD's in Northglenn

— KristenPainter (@Kristen Painter)

Kristen Painter

@KristenPainter

#Denver joined the nat’l movement today of fast food workers asking for $15 an hour. About 50 at McD’s in Northglenn

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8. The effectiveness of the strikes is questionable. New York City fast-food workers went on strike in April with similar demands. In July workers around the country also held a one-day strike.

Fast food workers in Indy protesting for higher wages. Want $15/hr. say they can't live on what they're making.

— DustinGroveTV (@Dustin Grove)

Dustin Grove

@DustinGroveTV

Fast food workers in Indy protesting for higher wages. Want $15/hr. say they can’t live on what they’re making.

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9. The protests happening in Southern cities are especially important, since the South tends to be anti-union.

40-thousand fast food workers in Denver join national strike. Watch my live report on Fox31 in 15 min. @kdvr

— ShaulTurner (@Shaul Turner)

Shaul Turner

@ShaulTurner

40-thousand fast food workers in Denver join national strike. Watch my live report on Fox31 in 15 min. @kdvr

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10. McDonald’s budgeting website, released in July, explaining that McDonald’s employees need to work more than one job to meet a living wage, has only made things worse.

#Chicago fast food, retail workers call for $15 living wage #Fightfor15

— progressIL (@Progress Illinois)

Progress Illinois

@progressIL

#Chicago fast food, retail workers call for $15 living wage #Fightfor15

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Should fast-food workers get $15 an hour? #raleigh #durham http://t.co/XCAqPOhd3B

— WNCN (@WNCN)

WNCN

@WNCN

Should fast-food workers get $15 an hour? #raleigh #durham http://t.co/XCAqPOhd3B

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12. Unfortunately for the striking fast-food workers, though, it doesn’t appear as though public opinion is on their side, either.

To the fast food workers wanting $15 an hour: I believe the phrase "snowball's chance in hell" describes the likelihood of that happening.

— bcoplin24 (@Bo Coplin)

Bo Coplin

@bcoplin24

To the fast food workers wanting $15 an hour: I believe the phrase “snowball’s chance in hell” describes the likelihood of that happening.

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neone who is not running 1 of these fast food joints or hasnt had 15 yrs in the same one and believes they deserve $15 don't deserve minwage

— Cmarch123 (@Casey Marchand)

Casey Marchand

@Cmarch123

neone who is not running 1 of these fast food joints or hasnt had 15 yrs in the same one and believes they deserve $15 don’t deserve minwage

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But I still don't agree with paying fast food workers (non management) $15/hr. #FastFoodStrike

— LunkenDrush (@Vermicious Knid)

Vermicious Knid

@LunkenDrush

But I still don’t agree with paying fast food workers (non management) $15/hr. #FastFoodStrike

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Why should you work at a fast food place and make $15/hr?? Sounds like greed to me. Wanna make more, get a better job!

— DestHall (@Destinee Hall)

Destinee Hall

@DestHall

Why should you work at a fast food place and make $15/hr?? Sounds like greed to me. Wanna make more, get a better job!

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Ryan Broderick is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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