Economy and Business
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Protestors hit Cleveland McDonald's for higher wages
Asking for $15 an hour, plus a union
Story by BRIAN BULL
In The Region:A few dozen protesters gathered outside a Cleveland McDonald’s today, calling for a union and higher minimum wage for its employees. From Ohio Public Radio station WCPN, Brian Bull reports that it’s part of a larger effort to boost the paychecks for fast-food workers to $15 an hour.
|Protesters chanted, “Hey McDonald's, you can’t hide! We can see your greeting sign!”|
They held signs stating, “Jobs with justice” and “fair wages now”, sometimes getting a supportive honk from passing motorists. McDonald's employees watched from the drive-through window, some snapping photos of the demonstration.
Speaker Pamela Rosado is Organizer for Fight For a Fair Economy, and Outreach Coordinator for Policy Matters Ohio. She says fast-food workers can’t settle for less than $15 an hour.
“You would still have people that would qualify or be eligible for food stamps, or other public assistance, depending on the size of their family. $15 is a livable wage. And that’s what fighting for. But if we get Congress to move on raising the minimum wage, and continue to raise the minimum wage, we won’t say 'no.'"
But Sean Chichelli, Director of Labor and Human Resources Policy for the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, says raising the minimum wage that high would negatively affect fast-food companies.
“They’ll have to either charge more for their product or have fewer employees. It’s about the only two options that they have.”
Chichelli adds fast-food jobs are low-skill, and there have been increases in the minimum wage in Ohio. The next one, set to go into effect next year, will bring it to $7.95 an hour.
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