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Fast Food Workers Demand Doubling Of Minimum Wage

Reverend Mark Scott speaks at rally for fast food workers in Dorchester (Jack Lepiarz/WBUR)

Reverend Mark Scott speaks at rally for fast food workers in Dorchester (Jack Lepiarz/WBUR)

Today in Boston — and in about 100 other cities across the country — fast food workers are staging a one day strike. They’re demanding that the minimum wage be doubled — from the current $7.25 an hour to $15 an hour.  The average fast food worker earns just below $9 an hour and few of them get healthcare or other benefits. As a result, many say they depend on food stamps and other public benefits to make ends meet. But the fast food industry argues that a minimum wage hike would mean lay-offs and higher prices for consumers.

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Reginald Zimmerman, Director of Communications at MASSuniting

Jeannette Wics-Lim, Assistant Professor of Economics at UMASS Amherst

 


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