Fast food workers plan Thursday protests

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – On Thursday, some Indianapolis fast food workers will once again join a campaign for higher pay.

Employees at McDonald’s say they’ll walk off the job in an effort to increase their pay to $15 an hour and the right to form a union without retaliation.

Thursday’s protests are part of the movement that began in New York City in 2012. They’re now planned in 150 cities across the country.

The latest push comes as President Obama pushes for a higher minimum wage.

Right now, the average fast food worker in Indiana already makes above the federal and state minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.

Workers in the Indianapolis metro make on average of $8.69 an hour, according to the protestors, but they say that’s not enough.

They say workers aren’t teenagers looking for part-time jobs; instead, often times they’re parents struggling to raise children on low wages.

Those against this say $15 an hour will either destroy these businesses financially or it’ll cause a major increase in menu prices, leading to job loss for the very workers pushing for the change.

President Obama has called for a national minimum wage increase, not to $15 an hour, but to $10.10 an hour over time.

“We depend on them,” President Obama said. “The workers who would benefit from minimum wage increase often work full time, often in physically demanding jobs. They average 35 years of age. Most low- paying jobs are held by women.”

The Indianapolis metro area has nearly 24,000 fast-food workers.

They won’t all protest Thursday, but two protests are scheduled at McDonald’s locations:

  • 16th and Meridian Streets: 9 – 9:30 a.m.
  • 38th St. and Post Rd.: 12 – 12:30 p.m.

 

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