Fast-food strikes begin in US cities nationwide
NEW YORK (AP) - Fast-food protests were under way on Thursday in US cities including New York, Chicago and Detroit, with organisers expecting the biggest national walkouts yet in a demand for higher wages.
The push has brought considerable attention to the so-called "McJobs" that are known for their low pay and limited prospects.
Fast-food workers say they cannot live on what they're paid. Workers say they want US$15 (S$19) an hour, which would be about US$31,000 a year for full-time employees. That is more than double the federal minimum wage, which many fast food workers make, of US$7.25 an hour, or US$15,000 a year.
The move comes amid calls from the White House, some members of Congress and economists to raise the minimum wage, which was last raised in 2009. But most proposals seek a far more modest increase than the one workers want. President Barack Obama wants to raise the minimum wage to US $9 an hour.