Fast food workers to rally for pay raise


by TINA SHIVELY / KVUE News and Photojournalist KENNETH NULL and Associated Press

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Posted on December 5, 2013 at 8:48 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 9:00 AM

AUSTIN -- Fast food workers across the U.S. will walk off the job Thursday.

The protestors want to see the minimum wage set at $15 an hour, and they'll rally in 100 cities nationwide to get their message heard.

The protests are part of a movement by labor unions, Democrats and other worker advocacy groups to raise pay in low-wage sectors. Last month, President Barack Obama said he would back a Senate measure to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10.

Many see the $15 figure as a rallying point rather than a near-term possibility.

Workers are expected to rally at all the major fast food chains as well as some department and drug stores. They say the fast food industry is one of the fastest growing in the country, and if the big companies are making record profits that they too should benefit.

Many argue that the yearly salary minimum workers make, about $15,000, is just not enough to live on in this economy.

Austin workers are set to walk off the job Thursday at noon.

About 28,275 fast foot workers are employed in Austin. Their median wage is $8.83.

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