MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Fast food workers and their supporters here in Minnesota and more than 100 cities across the country are holding a day of protests.
The employees want a raise: $15 an hour, more than twice the national minimum wage of $7.25.
Workers at the protest at a Minneapolis McDonalds say they cannot survive on their current pay. At $7.25 an hour a full-time worker would earn about $15,000 a year.
“I’m here to show support for employees at McDonald’s who work for low wages, because not too long ago, I worked as a fast food employee. I know what it’s like to work 80 hours in one week just to earn enough money to pay my bills,” Isaiah Campbell, a former fast food worker, said.
The National Restaurant Association says the majority of its minimum wage workers are part-time employees — there to earn extra cash. It says that raising the federal minimum wage would only lead to layoffs.