Fast food workers striking again for $15 an hour pay raise - WNCT

Fast food workers striking again for $15 an hour pay raise

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Fast food workers in about 100 cities will walk off the job again Thursday in what could be the largest effort yet in a push for higher pay.

The actions are intended to build on a campaign that began about a year ago to call attention to the difficulties of living on the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour; that’s about $15,000 a year for a full-time employee, which is below the federal poverty level for a two-person household.

Protesters are calling for pay of $15 an hour although many see that figure as a rallying point and not a realistic possibility.  "The nation is hearing it.  We've been striking all over the country so people will understand and really see the light of what's going on,” said Eduardo Shoy, a fast food employee.

Last month, President Obama said he would back a Senate measure to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

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