Worldwide Fast-Food Strike to Hit Miami This Week: Employees Demand Better Wages UPDATED

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Fast-food employees to strike in Miami.
Traditionally, fast-food work has been considered entry-level, with the majority of employees being students needing a few dollars in their pocket.

These days that's no longer the case, with many adults taking jobs at McDonald's, Burger King, and the like to provide for their families. According to the Center for Economic and Policy Research, the majority of fast-food workers between 2010 and 2012 were high school graduates between the ages of 25 and 54. The average wage for these employees: $7 to $10 an hour.

See also: Burger King and Ronald McDonald vs. Workers in Rap Battle on South Beach

Without doing too much math, that equals $280 to $400 a week -- before payroll taxes and medical insurance -- to make the rent and pay the bills. These figures assume the employee works a full 40 hours per week. According to the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Education, the lower end of that pay scale is just above the 2014 poverty level for a single-person household ($11,670). Factor in any children and you've hit below the marker.

Workers in the fast-food industry are now rallying for a fair living wage, with a campaign demanding $15 an hour and the right to form a union without retaliation. Led by Low Pay Is Not OK, workers have been staging protests outside various fast-food restaurants and organizing online petitions, with employees even rapping in the guise of Ronald McDonald and Burger King in an effort to bring attention to their cause.

Now they've upped their game to organize a one-day strike in 30 countries and 150 U.S. cities, including Miami.

On May 15, fast-food workers plan to mount one-day strikes in major cities. Salon.com reports that cities where the strikes will occur include Philadelphia, Miami, Orlando, Sacramento, Saint Louis, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Oakland, Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York and will involve thousands of workers.

Outside the States, protests are planned for London, São Paolo, Dublin, Bangkok, Buenos Aires, Geneva, San Salvador, and other metropolitan areas.

Asked about the Miami strike, a representative for Low Pay Is Not OK could not give details regarding the exact time and location, but he did confirm that workers in at least one restaurant are ready to walk out in protest May 15, with other strike locations in Miami a distinct possibility. Asked if the strike could close down a restaurant in Miami, he said, "It could." Also in the works is a location where workers from all industries sympathetic to the cause can gather and protest.

Short Order will update this post with more information as it becomes available.

Updated: A protest is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, May 15, near the McDonald's at Jackson Memorial Hospital. The public is invited to join fast-food workers in the fight for a fair wage. Note: The address for the protest is 901 NW 17th St., by the parking garage at the corner of NW 17th Street and NW Ninth Avenue.


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superfitnesstips
superfitnesstips

Talking about Fast Food, we need to really watch what we need. Especially our kids are becoming overweight earlier in life. So I have become health conscious and an avid listener of Dr Oz. Recently there was the launch of a new fitness product that is
revolutionary in itself. the press release was at http://youtube.com/watch?v=1FEdPxObMBY and their website is http://garciniaauthority.com

Andrew Layton
Andrew Layton

These companies will invest in machines before this is all done and over with. They might just collective bargain their way to unemployment!

Yfrahin Rodriguez
Yfrahin Rodriguez

Oh no, does that mean that I'm not going to be getting my chicken McNuggets, Chalupa, or Wendy's nasty Chilli under 3 minutes! The inhumanity!! $15 per hour for flipping burgers, or asking if you want fried with that?,... They're insane or idiots, which means they don't deserve $15 per hour anyways!

Exiliado
Exiliado

It's a market economy, baby.


Y'all can whine and protest all you want, I don't see anyone lining up to pay $15.00 for an hour of your (lack of) skills.


15 minutes after you get kicked out to the curb there'll be someone else flipping the patties. 

Aleric Constantin
Aleric Constantin

I'm a Chef who has worked in some tough kitchens (that actually cook and prepare food), and $15 an hour is un heard of!

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

.................the thing of it is this, IF the hourly rate does go to $15:

many of these UNskilled minumum wage workers would be terminated and replaced with skilled workers (so those who may WIN the consessions will lose the war to benefit someone else) (a simpleton doesn't magically become a brain surgeon simply because someone pays him more)

management will simply reduce the number or workers per shift and expect the same turnout of results as before, which i sumise is already happening as i have observed fewer register order takers at a local McDs (from four to two and it seems a reduction from the kitchen prep-people of a few back there also) - and the lines seem slower (and longer)

it may give corporate the idea that food prices should go UP even more just based on the perceived "extra and additional" costs which patrons may morally and ethically feel obligated to pay despite cuts elsewhere as in overall number of personnel staff and their hours

Stephanie Soris
Stephanie Soris

Lololol. I have two degrees and barely make that much . When/where can I start protesting??????!!

Carlos Cnotez Rodriguez
Carlos Cnotez Rodriguez

Check this out. I have a food allergy (eggs) so I would often go to BK ans order a whopper with NO MAYO. Lady would repeat NO MAYO to me..even said NO MAYO on the reciept.even when I got the sandwich it had thr mayo thing with an X over it...go home..open the bag...EXTRA FUCKING MAYO..this has happened to me not once..not twice..atleast 8 times in my life..and yall really wanna make 15 bucks an hour??? Lol

Carlos Cnotez Rodriguez
Carlos Cnotez Rodriguez

Lol 15 dollars an hour...how u gonna eaen 15 dollars an hour if you putti g out a 15 cent a hour performance...in the 2 times ill hit up a mcds they never get 1 shit right..mfs actin like its impossible to read a screen..lol 15 dollars an hour..lol they got jokes

Cts Limo Cts Limo
Cts Limo Cts Limo

Fast food employee salary was never intended for bread winners-full time employees but for part time and students jobs

Dave Basora
Dave Basora

John Tuttobene, when you want a burger or egg mc muffin do you make it yourself or do you go to McD's or some other fast food place? If your answer is the latter then your whole diatribe is bullshit

Dave Basora
Dave Basora

Robert Rodriguez, they obviously have skills for those who want a Big Mac and are too lazy or busy to cook their own damn burger

Jimmy Dempsey
Jimmy Dempsey

I don't think it has anything to do with how much but a wage you can live on. Can't love off minimum wage unless mommy and daddy are paying the bills

Erik Ace SobeArtist
Erik Ace SobeArtist

absolutely nothing John Tuttobene Jr. ?! bet you wont last a week in fast food :/ smh

John Tuttobene Jr.
John Tuttobene Jr.

Slippery slope. One industry gets 15 an hour for pressing buttons on a register or flipping burgers, then every one is gonna start going on strike. Idk when people thought working at a fast food joint is worthy of making 15 an hour. Crazzzzzy. I went to school for 4 years and spend 40,000 and I came out making 19 an hour. Idk how someone can make the same for doing absolutely nothing. Freeloaders trying to make it off easy

blkdoggy421
blkdoggy421

Although I do sympathize with the people that work in the fast food industries ( I worked there myself for a time) I think $15 an hour is way to much for the job that is done.   

Familia Ramirez
Familia Ramirez

I'd rather those corporations invest in a better product..( actual food ). Invest in the communities they're destryoing. Build parks and rec centers to fight childhood obesity,which is now an epidemic in this country. The people who work there...sorry but get a trade/skill go to school. You're not supposed to work there your whole life.

Alex Henderson
Alex Henderson

This is insane! I have nothing against those who work fast food, but this is too much, this is a job for high school kids, if you want to get paid more you need to work hard and go in to management, working a register is not meant to be a full time job...I feel bad, but there are other jobs and directions in life that pay more, they just happen to require a little motivation....if they worked this hard to get a better job instead of protesting their pay, they could probably get more!

Andrew Wyman
Andrew Wyman

I wish I could make $15 bagging grocerys

Andrew Wyman
Andrew Wyman

If it passes, you will see 4 hour shifts.

Erik Vairo
Erik Vairo

They have to go on strike for a month and boycott at the doors letting people know they can't go in. Striking for one day isn't going to do anything.

Sean Huertas
Sean Huertas

Just get to a vocational program learn a trading there are always options going back to school. Shit $15.00/hr for working at a fast food joint foh i work at a hospital i dont even earn that much what makes those people they can make $15/hr than those who studied to get where there at now.

DRay Feltner
DRay Feltner

then it's time to go back to school ? you can only blame so much on somebody else,

Hazie Almendares
Hazie Almendares

$15.00 an hour to flip a burger that cooks in less than 5 min on a grill. Oh Kay American is making sense now. Such creature of habits no ability to yearn for something better just flipping burgers.

Vedder10
Vedder10

I'm pretty sure that a lot of the people who work at fast food restaurants don't plan on working there their entire lives. Some people take those jobs because they can't find anything else. There are people who are graduating with degrees nowadays who can't find a job. 

Vedder10
Vedder10

Don't you guys think that the workers are maybe just aiming high by asking for $15.00 an hour? They're asking for that much, but would probably be happy if they all got a $1.00- $1.50 per hour raise. 

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