Just yesterday, fast food workers demanded higher wages by doing something attention-getting. They went on a global strike, hitting 150 cities across the United States and more than 30 countries. Protestors in New York City claim that big fast food corporations make huge profits by paying their employees miniscule compensation.
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Kendall Fells, the Organizing Director of Fast Food Forward, argues that workers are utterly fed up with working during irregular hours, with minimal respect from superiors, for poverty wages, at that:
“They’re fed up with being disrespected on the job and, you know, today is the first world-wide strike for fast food workers, and we’re starting to fight the industry on an international level.”
Fells also threatens that if the big fast food corporations give their efforts a deaf ear, the movement will only continue to grow until the food giants can’t help but to respond.
Both Burger King (BKW) and McDonald’s (MCD), the world’s largest restaurant chain by revenue, argue that they pay fair compensation. But Naquasia Legrand, an employee at Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), says otherwise… Miss Legrand makes a major point: These food giants are here for one thing, and one thing only… money. After all, business is about making a profit. But for companies that have been around for decades and decades, should they give employees a little more compensation?
“And it’s like, why is it that we’re still getting the crumbs of the money when we could be getting a little bit more extra, when we can. We’re busting our butts each and every day, and they’re making money off of our backs. So now we’re going to stand up strong so [that] they can’t ride our backs anymore.”
This recent strike comes at a very interesting time, a time when U.S. Democrats have been pushing to raise the federal minimum wage. American fast food workers want $15 per hour, according to union leaders. But is $15 a hefty hourly rate for the job responsibilities at hand? Or do you think the proposed wage is a fair compensation? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
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