Fast-Food Workers On Strike

Senerey De Los Santos, KEYT NewsChannel 3 Anchor/Reporter, senerey.delossantos@keyt.com
POSTED: 04:50 PM PDT Aug 29, 2013    UPDATED: 07:31 PM PDT Aug 29, 2013 
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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -

Fast-food protests are underway in cities including New York, Chicago and Detroit, with organizers expecting the biggest national walkouts yet in a demand for higher wages.

In New York, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn joined about 300 to 400 workers and supporters in a march before flooding inside a McDonald's near the Empire State Building on Thursday morning. Shortly after the demonstration, however, the restaurant seemed to be operating normally and a few customers said they hadn't heard of the movement. The same was true at a McDonald's a few blocks away.

The lack of awareness among some illustrates the challenge workers face. Participating workers, who are asking for $15 an hour and the right to unionize, still represent a tiny fraction of the industry. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, which works out to about $15,000 a year for full-time employees.

No strikes occurred in the Santa Barbara area, but locals expressed their support for the fast-food workers.