May 8, 2014
On Wednesday, outside of a McDonald’s in New York City, workers gathered in protest, prepared with a letter addressing the corporation; the letter called for higher wages and the right to form unions without retaliation. Similar fast food restaurant protests began in 2012, and last year spread to nearly 100 cities. This year, the protests will continue, and have not only grown to over 130 cities across the U.S., but fast food workers in over 33 different countries have begun protesting. The workers are calling on major fast food chain restaurants to raise the U.S. minimum pay to $15 an hour—currently, the average pay for fast food workers across the country is $9 an hour. If demands are not met, restaurants including McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s and KFC will face employee strikes planned for May 15, 2014.