Dallas Fast-Food Workers Join Nationwide Strike

Published 08/29 2013 11:16AM

Updated 08/29 2013 11:20AM

Fast food workers strike outside a Dallas McDonald's on Aug. 29, 2013 to protest low wages.
Fast food workers strike outside a Dallas McDonald's on Aug. 29, 2013 to protest low wages./NBC 5
Fast-food workers in Dallas are joining a nationwide strike to protest their low pay.

Striking workers want to see their pay more than double from $7.25 an hour to $15. Workers said they're living paycheck to paycheck or need food stamps and other financial assistance while the booming industry makes $200 billion a year.

Protesters shouted "can't survive on $7.25" while holding signs asking for "fair pay" outside a McDonald's in Dallas during the strike Thursday morning.

Organizers said the strikes would span 50 U.S. cities and target workers at McDonald's, Jack in the Box, and other fast-food restaurants.

"Fast-food workers are at forefront of a backlash against the rising tide of low wage, no benefit jobs," organizers said. "The rapid increase in low-wage jobs has been identified at a major drag on our economic recovery, and unless something is done to reverse the trend by 2020 nearly half of all jobs will be considered be low-wage service jobs putting our economic future in jeopardy for decades to come."

For the full story: http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Dallas-Fast-Food-Workers-Join-Nationwide-Strike-221626461.html

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