More fast-food protests are planned for September 4, with the latest round including homecare workers and possible civil disobedience.
Fast-food and other low-wage workers have been staging periodic strikes and demonstrations since 2012 in hopes of increasing their hourly wage. A major player in the effort is Fight for 15, which is pushing for a $15 minimum wage. Figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) put the mean hourly wage for food preparation and service workers, including fast-food workers, at $9.08. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.
Protesters claim that much of the fast-food labor force is made up of adults with families instead of teenagers and that low wages and unpredictable schedules make it difficult to earn a living. In addition to higher wages, the workers are asking for the right to unionize.