Thousands of fast-food workers rallying Thursday in about 100 U.S. cities — from Oakland to Memphis to Washington, D.C. — want heard. A living wage in big cities is closer to $14 an hour, and it jumps to about $20 an hour for an adult supporting a child. Yet most fast-food workers are attempting to live and maintain a household on only $8 an hour.
The protests are part of a growing campaign backed by a coalition of advocacy groups, religious organizations and union organizers aimed at raising fast-food wages to $15 an hour.
Add into that the fact that the major corporations that are shelling out $8 bills per hour and steady giving executives raises and perks like luxury jets, and you can see why the workers are in an up-roar.