Fast food workers demand $15 an hour

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
The workers are calling for $15 an hour and the right to form a union. The rally in San Antonio was just one of many across the country.

Organizers say protests were expected in 150 cities across the United States and in more than 30 countries worldwide.

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (WOAI) - About two dozen San Antonians rallied in front of a McDonald's restaurant near Loop 410 and Broadway Thursday morning to demand higher wages.

The workers are calling for $15 an hour and the right to form a union. The rally in San Antonio was just one of many across the country.

Organizers say protests were expected in 150 cities across the United States and in more than 30 countries worldwide.

A spokesperson for McDonald's released a statement regarding the protests, stating: "We respect everyone's right to voice an opinion. McDonald's respects our employees' right to voice their opinions and to protest lawfully and peacefully. If employees participate in these activities, they are welcomed back and scheduled to work their regular shifts. We value our employees' well-being and the contributions they make to our restaurants, and thank them for what they do each and every day. Our restaurants remain open today and every day thanks to the dedicated employees serving our customers."

President Barack Obama has also publicly announced his support for an increase in minimum wages. The President is currently working to raise the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, which amounts to about $15,000 a year for a full-time job.

Other businesses and companies, however, say an increase to $15 an hour would hamper their efforts to create new jobs.

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