There is a crisis in the fast food industry with workers across the United States striking in protest over what they feel are wages which are way too low. USA Today reported on Dec. 5, 2013, one-day labor walkouts were planned at fast-food restaurants in 100 cities across the United States on Thursday.
In Washington, D.C. fast food workers were seen today carrying protest signs while singing, "Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way, it's no fun, to survive, on low low low low pay." Protesters at a McDonald's in New York City blew whistles and chanted "We can't survive on $7.25." In Detroit McDonald's workers sang,
"Hey hey, ho ho, $7.40 has got to go!" At a minimum wage of $7.25 an hour workers can only earn about
$15,000 a year for full-time work. They want a $15-per-hour minimum wage.
The Los Angeles Times has reported, McDonald's workers in Florence, California have chanted “Keep your burgers, keep your fries, make our wages supersized.” One poster read, “Better Pay, Better LA." In some locations Walmart workers and their sympathizers have protested with the same type of demands. The workers have a point about how hard it is to live on such low wages, and without them where would their firms be? However, if they are successful in getting the pay raises they desire, prices are likely to rise for consumers. This situation is therefore creating a double bind for businesses, workers and consumers alike during rough economic times.