Dozens of workers asking to be paid a minimum of $15 an hour and the right to organize without retaliation are expected to protest outside of McDonald’s (MCD) and Wendy’s (WEN) locations across New York City on Monday. The rallies will move to Chicago, St. Louis, Detroit, Milwaukee, Kansas City and Flint, Michigan the rest of the week.
The campaign, organized by a coalition of labor, community and clergy groups called Fast Food Forward, has been building momentum since last fall, when the protests first came into the national spotlight.
The White House mentioned the “low-wage worker” protests in a blog written last week by the the National Economic Council director Gene Sperling and Alan Krueger, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers. They said that raising the minimum wage was part of President Obama’s economic vision. Obama has commented in recent economic speeches that the raising of the minimum wage should be passed by congress. Any movement in congress is unlikely, obviously, as the GOP controlled house will not pass anything but Obamacare recalls.
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