Fast Food Strike To Go Global; Protesters Want $15 Minimum Wage

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Thursday, 08 May 2014 07:07 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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A fast-food strike is set to kick off across the globe next week as disgruntled employees from countries all over the world ban together in an effort to raise the minimum hourly wage to $15.

The planned strike, scheduled to take place on May 15 to reflect the dollar amount the protestors are picketing for, will comprise dozens of countries across six continents, USA Today reported.

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"We've gone global," Ashley Cathey, a McDonald's worker from Memphis, Tennessee, told the newspaper. "Our fight has inspired workers around the world to come together."

Fast-food workers campaigning for higher pay have been continually striking on and off for years now. Even President Barack Obama has weighed in on the issue, asking Congress to raise the national minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 and signing an executive order earlier this year to pay all individuals working on federal service contracts $10.10 per hour.

Many individual states have made moves to raise their minimum wages, but the median pay for fast-food workers in the U.S. is still only a little more than $9 an hour, according to CNN Money. That reportedly amounts to roughly $18,500 — $4,500 less than the poverty income threshold of $23,000 for a family of four, as per the Census Bureau's calculations.

Fast-food workers are hoping that the expanded strike will continue to send the message that they refuse to settle for low wages.

"There’s been pretty huge growth in one year," Kendall Fells, one of the movement’s main organizers, told The New York Times. "People understand that a one-day strike is not going to get them there. They understand that this needs to continue to grow."

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