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Thousands of restaurant workers protested Thursday in cities around the country, calling for an increase in wages to $15 an hour. Many fast-food workers make so little that they rely on public assistance to get by, even as profits at many franchises have nearly doubled in recent years. But not everyone agrees that raising the minimum wage will fix the problem.
Fifty-two percent of low-wage fast-food workers rely on public assistance programs like food stamps and Medicaid just to make ends meet, a fresh analysis finds. Many are adults supporting families. But some conservative economists say raising the minimum wage to $15 – as protesters are demanding – wouldn’t help matters.
McDonald’s USA President Jeff Stratton has been criticized on social media for his videotaped response to an employee who confronted him and complained that she doesn’t make enough to feed her kids. But a spokeswoman for the company says McDonald’s has a long history of promoting from within.
As fast-food workers go on strike in cities across the country, opponents argue robots could replace them if their demands for a higher minimum wage are met. But robots for fast food exist already — kind of.
Fast food and restaurant work used to be seen as an entry point for the young. Today, the average such employee is 29, and nearly a quarter are parents. For these workers, current wages are hardly enough to support them, let alone their families.
In 50 cities across the nation, many employees at fast-food restaurants have pledged to walk out. They’re hoping to draw attention to their campaign for an increase in the minimum wage.