Fast Food Workers Protest Wages

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(Credit: Melissa Duran/KXNT)

(Credit: Melissa Duran/KXNT)

(Las Vegas-KXNT)-  Dozens of fast food workers representing major food chains like McDonalds, Wendy’s and Taco Bell made a big statement outside of the McDonald’s restaurant on Sahara and Paradise Road early Thursday morning.

Chanting “Shame on You” and holding signs expressing their desire for $15 dollars an hour, they lined the sidewalk, megaphones in hand, to make sure corporate leaders understand they mean business.   There was even a special appearance by an imposter “Hamburglar”, a well-known McDonald’s character.  The costumed character collected fake money from the protesters to represent McDonald’s stealing their money.

Organizers of the event say $8.25 an hour no longer cuts it in this economy, frequently saying fast food workers are being paid to live in poverty.  They would like to see the minimum wage raised to $15.

Laura Martin with Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada says $15 an hour is a fair wage that would allow these workers to afford the basics.  “Right now, minimum wage isn’t enough for people to survive so they are depending on food stamps, section 8 and it’s great those services are here, but when you works a full-time job, why should you have to get public assistance?  It’s not fair that someone works 40-50 hours a week and, at the end of the day, they still can’t feed their family,” states Martin.

Those who oppose raising the minimum wage raise a number of concerns, stating $15 an hour is unrealistic.  Many fear jobs will be lost and employee hours cut even more, hurting the economy even more. Fast food workers believe more money in their pockets means more money in the overall economy.

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