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Fast food workers rally for higher pay, union rights

Posted September 4, 2014

— Fast-food workers in parts of the Triangle walked off their jobs Thursday morning as part of the latest national protest to push companies to pay their employees at least $15 an hour.

Workers in Raleigh rallied at a Bojangles on South Wilmington Street at 8:30 a.m. to demand higher pay and union rights. Nationally, workers in about 150 cities are expected to walk off their jobs.

North Carolina's minimum wage is currently $7.25 an hour, even with the federal minimum wage. A person making working 40 hours per week on minimum wage can expect to earn about $15,000 a year.

Fast-food industry officials say a $15-an-hour wage would hurt jobs, and they've said that the solution for workers is more education and job training.

Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have minimum wage rates higher than the federal standard, according to U.S. Department of Labor data. Nineteen states, including North Carolina, have a minimum wage rate equal to the federal rate. Three states, including Georgia, have rates lower than the minimum wage.

The "Fight for $15" campaign, which is backed financially by the Service Employees International Union and others, has gained national attention at a time when the wage gap between the poor and the rich has become a hot political issue.

President Barack Obama mentioned the campaign at a Labor Day appearance in Milwaukee.

"There's a national movement going on made up of fast food workers organizing to lift wages so they can provide for their families with pride and dignity," Obama said, as he pushed Congress to raise the minimum wage. "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 added.

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  • LastSon1981 Sep 5, 2014

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    That's not true I was in Mcdonalds in Italy not that long ago it was just like except for accent and a few regional food items it was just like here. A girl rung me up and a girl gave me my food. It kills me how people twist reality on the internet. Lol when I was in Asian robots brought me my food and drove me around the city.

  • Jon Gregory Sep 4, 2014

    So instead of going to work.. they choose not to get paid.

  • davidhartman Sep 4, 2014

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    +1,000!

  • scvmcdoc Sep 4, 2014

    The last time I was at Wendy's there were 2 people there who should be making $15/hour but they average about $8/hour.........It was the 2 SOLDIERS standing in line next to me!

  • Monkey_Joe Sep 4, 2014

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    Post of the day. Well done!!!

  • MitziGaynor Sep 4, 2014

    Nice to see the SOCIALISTS out and protesting. WOW $15 and hour to push a button on a register, throw garbage in a bag and hand it to you. I believe that can be easily automated. See YA!

  • boolittlek Sep 4, 2014

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    If confronted with a sign asking "Who's the Boss?" I'm not sure I could answer. I'm torn between Tony Danza and Judith Light.

  • wytlytn Sep 4, 2014

    give them $15 an hour and take away the free housing, free food, free medical care and free childcare and lets see how they like living like the more skilled workforce

  • Ginger Lynn Sep 4, 2014

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    No not everyone should get an MBA. And I had 0 student debt. I went part time and paid for the classes as I could afford them. My point is, figure out what you are good at or what your passion is, and work hard to get there.

  • For the U.S.A. Sep 4, 2014

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    No they will not lose them, they will still be "entitled" to them!

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