“Nobody should work 40 hours a week and find themselves homeless,” Latoya Caldwell, who makes $7.50 an hour working at Wendy’s, told NBC News. Fast-food workers are expected to strike on Thursday in more than 150 cities in an effort to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.
Workers have campaigned for wage hikes for two years. “We’re a movement now,” Caldwell said.
The “Fight for $15” campaign is getting financial support from the Service Employees International Union, according to The Associated Press. President Obama mentioned the fast-food workers’ grievances during a speech on Monday in Milwaukee. “If I were busting my butt in the service industry and wanted an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work, I’d join a union,” he said.
In July, a report from the Economic Policy Institute found that CEOs of restaurant corporations earn more than 700 times the minimum wage. That means they earn more money in half of one day than minimum wage workers make in a year, according to Mother Jones. Half of Americans making minimum wage work in food service.
In addition to strikes and protests, workers have said they will engage in peaceful civil disobedience. They’ve staged sit-ins in the past.
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Snake Escape: A rare and potentially deadly albino cobra snake is slithering around Thousand Oaks, Calif. On Monday it bit a dog, but the animal survived. (Fox News)
Settlement for Tasered Woman: In 2011, Seattle police used a Taser on Malaika Brooks while she was seven months pregnant. Brooks has received a $45,000 settlement. An attorney for the city admitted that what the police officers did was wrong. (via Reuters)
Juvie Jailbreak: On Monday night, more than 30 teenagers escaped from the Woodland Hills Youth Development Center, a juvenile detention center in Nashville, Tenn. On Wednesday night, in an incident involving about 28 teens, some of them allegedly chased and assaulted a staff member, walked around the yard with sticks, and sprayed a fire extinguisher. (via AP)
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