In the biggest effort yet to push the fast food industry to pay its workers a decent wage, organizers say that workers in about 100 cities across the nation will walk off the job on Thursday.
The protesters are demanding $15 an hour, an amount that they really do not expect to achieve but something to use as a bargaining chip to start the conversation and see what the industry will counter with.
The National Restaurant Association (the other NRA), has said that this is a “campaign engineered by national labor groups” and that very few of the protesters are actual fast food workers. This would seem to suggest that their employees are happy with the starvation wages they are being paid.
They also assert that past demonstrations “have fallen well short of their purported numbers.”
Kendall Fells, an organizer with Fast Food Forward, a workers’ advocacy group based in New York, said that in addition to the 100-or-so cities where workers will walk off the job there will be demonstrations in another 100 cities to help drive home the point that it is time these people are paid a decent wage. The plans for this day began shortly after the one day strikes which took place in 60 cities this past summer.
Senator Harry Reid, (D-NV) has promised to bring the proposal to raise the minimum wage to the floor for a vote before the end of the year where it is likely to pass, however it is not likely to go anywhere in the House where the Republican majority remains steadfastly opposed to any increase.