Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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Fast food workers plan to walk off job
by Rielle Creighton


MILWAUKEE WI -- You may find yourself waiting longer for a Whopper or your Big Mac tomorrow as hundreds of local fast food workers join others around the nation in walking off the job on Thursday.

In may hundreds of fast food employees protested in Milwaukee's streets over the same issue, they say they can't survive on $7.25.

"That's what it is, surviving, you making it paycheck to paycheck," said McDonald's employee Ryan Lawson.

"They need to know we're serious, its our lives, our kids mouths," said Lawson's co-worker Hayley King-Smith.

King-Smith and Lawson are planning their protest day off along with other demanding double the pay, $15/h. King-Smith says realistically that's what it takes to support her one year old daughter with just the basics, she currently relies on food stamps.

"I would like to support everything on my own but not with this pay and not with this salary, you can't do it."

Workers advocates say the companies can afford it.

"We have to remember that some of the biggest offenders of paying poverty wages have some of the highest profit margins in any industry," said Jennifer Epps-Addison.

It is true that McDonald's earned a profit of over $8 billion last year, the fast food giant the focus of a study by a University of Kansas student that says they could double their wages just by raising the price of dollar menu items by 17 cents and upping the cost of the Big Mac by 68 cents and still turn a very healthy profit.

CBS 58's Rielle Creighton asked people if they'd be willing to pay more in order to support higher wages, most said yes.

But the idea of paying $15 for fast food work, not everyone was lovin' it.

"If you want to put them out of business that's fine,"  said Rob Salamon.

"You choose your jobs too, everyone chooses what they will accept and companies like Walmart and everyone else pay what they will," he said.