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Fast-food worker protests planned for more than 150 cities nationwide

Thursday, September 04, 2014 - 00:38

Fast-food workers stage another day of protests in more than 150 U.S. cities as they seek at least $15 an hour in pay and the right to form a union. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Fast-food workers are staging another day of protests in more than 150 U.S. cities as they seek a doubling in hourly pay to $15 and the right to form a union. Organizers expect their biggest protest to date, with fast-food workers from McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's and KFC restaurants expected to walk off the job. They will be joined by home-care workers. The union-backed actions, which started in New York and other major cities, have steadily gathered steam since 2012 and helped to spur a national debate about the federal minimum wage, which has been stuck at $7.25 since 2009. Protesters, many of whom are adults clocking 40 hours or more per week at around that wage, say they cannot survive on such pay and are pressing for $15 per hour - above the roughly $11 hourly wage that experts say is the poverty threshold for a family of four. McDonald's Corp, Burger King Worldwide Inc and other major fast-food chains do not own most of their U.S. restaurants and leave pay decisions to their franchisees, who generally say that paying their employees more will be detrimental to their businesses.

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Fast-food worker protests planned for more than 150 cities nationwide

Thursday, September 04, 2014 - 00:38