Fast food workers on picket lines, asking for better pay

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August 29, 2013, 9:46 am
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(NECN: Jackie Bruno, Boston) - Thursday morning, there was a large rally of workers striking for better wages. They say they should earn $15 an hour, which they say is a wage they can provide for a family on.

Workers from local fast food restaurants gathered in front of the Boylston Street Burger King and Wendy’s to protest their wages.

$15 an hour is a lot more than kyle king makes at Burger King. He earns $8.15 an hour.

"It doesn’t matter how hard you work, how good you are, you can make sandwiches real fast," said King. "When it comes to raises and things like that, they just turn a deaf ear to it."

And that’s why thousands of fast food workers around the nation are holding protests Thursday.

City councilor and mayoral candidate Mike Ross joined the cause in Boston.

"We’re expecting our communities to be strong. How can they be strong when they’re making $8.15 an hour, aren’t allowed to work past 20 hours because it triggers benefits. Sort of deliberately, not getting benefits," said Ross. You should be able to work hard in this city and this country and be able to make it."

McDonalds and Burger King have responded to this strike, saying they don’t make decisions about pay for the independent franchisees.

The National Restaurant Associations says low wages are because most employees tend to be young and have little work experience.

There will be a rally on Boston Common Thursday at 4 p.m. More politicians are expected to come out for that.

Tags: Boston, massachusetts, McDonald's, city councilor, minimum wage, fast food, Burger King, Jackie Bruno, Wendy's, Mike Ross, fast food protest, Kyle King
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