Fast food strikes


Fast food workers in New York, Chicago, Washington and now cities across the Midwest have gone on strike over pay.  They say they can’t live off what they earn flipping burgers and are demanding $15 an hour.  That’s more than double the federal minimum wage, which many of them currently earn. McDonald’s, Burger King, Taco Bell, Wendy’s and Popeye’s are just some of the fast food chains where employees have walked out.  The industry says super-sized pay could drive restaurants out of business and lead to job losses.  So what is a fair wage for flipping burgers?  How much is enough to live off? Should the minimum wage be raised and how would it affect consumers across the US?  Answering those questions will be Georgetown Professor of Public Policy HARRY HOLZER, DAVID COOPER from the Economic Policy Institute and MARK CALABRIA from the Cato Institute.

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