Atlanta Fast Food Workers Planning Walk Out

CBS Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — A group of fast food workers in Atlanta are planning to walk off the job to push for better wages.

Atlanta Jobs with Justice Officials say employees at several chain restaurants in the city are planning to walk off the job Thursday to push for unionization and hourly pay of $15.

Organizers say Atlanta is home to more than 77,000 fast food workers who earn median wages of about $8.50 to $10.70.

Organizers say the walk-out in inspired by seven similar strikes across the country earlier this summer. Organizers say local clergy, elected officials and community supporters are expected to join the strike.

Demonstrations are being planned at the Five Points MARTA station in downtown Atlanta, and at a McDonald’s and Church’s Chicken in southeast Atlanta.

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One thought on “Atlanta Fast Food Workers Planning Walk Out

  1. Jack Morris says:

    This walkout will most likely be a disaster for those participating. These jobs have mostly been filled by persons in school as a means of supplementing their income – not a living wage. These are non-skilled workers and demanding wages commensurate with bookkeepers, warehousemen, etc simply won’t fly with the the owners of these establishments. If a law is passed to promote this $15.00/hr wage most of these jobs will simply disappear. Reality bites and it bites hard. If one wants more reward for their efforts, then experience in a different field along with a higher level of education will yield results. BTW – I’m a 64 yr old disabled vet and what we have came from hard work. Making hamburgers and french fries at fast food restaurants is not the way to get there.

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