Fast food walkout

Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 4:20pm

Fast food workers across the country walked-off the job, demanding better pay. It's not the first protest, but organizers say this is the largest strike to hit the industry, Melisa Raney has details.

They started early Thursday morning, gathering outside of the businesses where they work, protesters in more than 50 cities across the country saying they don't earn enough.

Shaniqua Davis, McDonald's Employee, "I have a child to take care of. I have a family. I'm the bread winner and it's not enough."

Workers are calling on fast food employers to pay them a minimum of $15 an hour, more than double the current federal minimum wage.

They also want to form unions, in St. Louis, protesters drove home their point by going inside a McDonald's, "We'll be back!"

Shaniqua Davis, McDonald's Employee, "I feel like the big bosses come down you know from their big offices and they just come and live one month in our shoes, they would see that $7.25 is just not enough for us, or $7.75 is not enough."

The federal minimum wage is $7.25, though the average fast food wage is $9 an hour, which the industry says is fair.

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

Some also say that raising pay could hurt small businesses, but workers say they're the ones hurting most.

The average fast food worker makes about $18,500 a year, that's more than $4,000 below the Census Bureau's poverty income threshold level.

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