Demanding Higher Wages, Fast-Food Workers Protest in Cities Across U.S.

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Fast-food workers held protests in cities across the U.S. on Thursday, demanding higher wages and the right to unionize without interference from employers.


Protesters picketed outside a McDonald’s restaurant in South Los Angeles on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. (Credit: KTLA)

The walkouts were part of a “100-city strike wave,” as employees at McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Domino’s Pizza, Burger King and Taco Bell called for $15-an-hour wages, organizers said.

In Los Angeles, restaurant employees and their allies gathered Thursday morning outside a McDonald’s on Manchester Avenue in South L.A.’s Florence district, where they said they would picket before moving on to a noon demonstration at a McDonald’s location in East Hollywood.

“Every six months they give us a raise, but I want to see more actions, more money,” said Fanny Velasquez, who said she earns $8.70 an hour as an employee at the Florence McDonald’s, where he has worked for eight years. “$15 [an hour] would be better,” she added, because it would allow her to rely on a single job rather than two jobs to support her family.

The fast-food chain is “committed to providing our employees with opportunities to succeed” and offers competitive pay, training and the chance for advancement, a McDonald’s spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Domino’s drivers’ hourly pay and tips amount to more than minimum wage, the pizza chain said.

“90 percent of our U.S. franchisees started as delivery drivers or at in-store positions,” spokesman Tim McIntyre said. “We are a company of opportunity.”

CNNMoney contributed to this report.

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