It appears that fast food workers and labor organizers around the U.S are waving their signs, marching for higher wages and protesting again on this December 5th, 2013. Labor organizers are saying that in over 100 cities their will be fast food workers protesting today. Of course, they are not sure exactly how many people will be participating in any of these protests or if these protests will actually have an impact on the restaurant world.
In the big apple, New York City, around 100 protestors blew their whistles, beat their drums and marched into a McDonald’s around 6:30 this morning. It is known that one customer grabbed their food and left the establishment when the protestors made their way into the establishment. Another patron simply continued eating while he listened to the chants of protestors. Every one in the place could hear protestors chanting things like “We can’t survive on $7.25 an hour”.
Even though, there is an enormous amount of attention about the low wage for fast food workers, the people who work in fast food establishments are in for an uphill battle in their fight for higher wages. This type of industry competes with each other aggressively by using value offerings and many fast food companies have already warned that they would have to increase prices, cut employee hours and be willing to not hire new employees if they made the decision to make wage increases. In addition, many fast food locations are operated and owned as franchisees, which means that businesses like McDonald’s, Burger King and Yum Brand, Inc. say they don’t control the amount of money a worker gets paid. But, some labor advocates have been known to say that these franchises do control many other aspects of their establishments like menus, equipment and suppliers.
In the past, fast food worker’s have had trouble unionizing because they seems to be such a high turnover in the industry. However, in the past year or two it seems that Service Employees International Union has been giving fast food worker’s a lot of support.
Who knows if these protests will help fast workers get the higher wages they desire, only time will tell. For now, Senator Majority Leader, Harry Reid, D-Nev, has promised that their will be a vote on the wage increase hike before the end of the year.