Fast food workers around the country are literally stopping traffic, and not because of their food. Workers organized protests and drew attention to their cause by sitting in streets in over 150 cities around the US including New York City, Detroit and Chicago. As of late Thursday morning, over 30 workers have been arrested. The workers are protesting to raise their wages, specifically they are asking for $15 per hour (more than twice the national average of $7.25) and for the right to organize. “The activities being coordinated, financed and facilitated by labor unions—desperate for new membership dues—accomplish absolutely nothing,” said Rob Green, executive director of the National Council of Chain Restaurants, in a statement. The planned protests come two years after union-backed workers began to raise their demands; only time will tell if this time they will see success.
Contributor: Phoebe Roe