Higher Wages Demanded
As the movement for living wages and union rights gains traction across the country, fast-food workers are walking off the job and protesting. Standing with them, but not striking, are child-care workers who say they don’t get paid enough and want to be able to form a union. They’re also asking for more government subsidies for child-care centers and providers. 25-year-old Timothy Martin is a fast-food worker in South Bend. He makes minimum wage and says he can’t live on his own with that kind of pay. McDonald’s recently raised wages to a dollar above the mandated minimum wage for about 90-thousand workers, but employees say they need at least fifteen dollars an hour in order to survive. The strike is a global, one-day event.
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