Fast-food workers are taking part in a nationwide strike in big cities including Boston, New York City, Los Angeles, Charlotte and Chicago. The latest strike comes just one-month after thousands of strikers took to the streets in various cities for a one-day strike advocating the need for higher wages.
A rally in Union Square, held at the end of August, highlighted the workers desire to hold companies accountable for providing a higher salary to their employees, chanting such slogans as, "We can't survive, on $7.25 (per hour.)
The latest fast-food workers strike is expected to be the largest nationwide strike challenging big chain restaurants, including McDonald's, Taco Bell, Wendy's and Burger King, to start paying their workers more than the minimum $7.25 an hour.
In his 2013 State Of The Union Address, President Obama suggested that Congress raise the minimum wage to $9 per hour, to account for all the "working" poor. He justified his plan for action by stating, "No one who works full-time, should have to live in poverty." Today, workers are asking for $15 an hour, which averages to $31, 000 a year for full-time employees.