Fast-food workers all across the country are striking today, demanding their wages be increased to $15.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, fast food employees on average make about $9 an hour.
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.
The National Retail Federation called the strikes "theater" orchestrated by unions for unions.
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.
A key piece of the protests is also about the right to organize, with most fast-food workers currently being non-union.
The timing of the strike isn't by accident either, with most striking employees giving Labor Day a deadline for the desired changes.
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.
The protests happening in Southern cities are especially important, since the South tends to be anti-union.
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.
Unfortunately for the striking fast-food workers, though, it doesn't appear as though public opinion is on their side, either.
Ryan Broderick is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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