Fast Food Workers Walk Off Job, Demand Higher Wages

Workers at 3 D.C. area restaurants to participate

Thursday, Dec 5, 2013  |  Updated 12:31 PM EDT
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Your fast food may not be as fast on Thursday as thousands of restaurant workers across the country walk off the job to fight for higher wages.

Your fast food may not be as fast on Thursday as thousands of restaurant workers across the country walk off the job to fight for higher wages.

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Fast Food Workers Plan One-Day Strike

You may have to make some different plans for lunch Thursday as thousands of fast food workers across the country walk off the job to fight for higher wages.
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Your fast food may not be as fast on Thursday as thousands of restaurant workers across the country walk off the job to fight for higher wages.

Organizers hope the strike will shine a spotlight on the D.C. area, where three walkouts were planned.

Workers first walked out of the McDonald's inside the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in D.C., where the restaurant's federally contracted workers called on President Barack Obama to raise their pay via an executive order.

“The President has an opportunity to lead by example and clearly show companies that the federal government is willing to guarantee tax payer dollars go to create good jobs, and not keep hard working folks in poverty,” Alexis Vasquez, a striking federal contract worker at the McDonald’s inside the Air and Space Museum, said in a press release.

According to protest organizers, there are more than 90,000 federally contracted workers earning at or near the minimum wage in the D.C. area.

The federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour has not been raised in four years, but last month, President Obama said he would back a Senate measure to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10.

Protesters are calling for $15 an hour, however, many see the demand as a rallying point rather than a near-term possibility.

One-day strikes are also planned at McDonald's locations at Wheaton Mall in Wheaton and on Columbia Pike in Arlington.

Organizers say Ronald McDonald and Uncle Sam characters will give out food stamp applications, and lead protestors in altered Christmas carols.

On the same day as the protest, Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett is set to sign the that county's new minimum wage plan into law. The action would raise the hourly rate from the current state and federal minimum of $7.25 to $11.50 by 2017. 

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