Fast Food Workers Demand ‘Super-Sized’ Wages

(credit: Mike Campbell/WWJ)

(credit: Mike Campbell/WWJ)

WARREN (WWJ) – “Hold the burgers, hold the fries — make our wages super sized!” chanted protesters, who say today’s minimum wage is not a living wage.

The vocal group rallying outside a McDonald’s restaurant on Van Dyke at 9 Mile Road Wednesday morning want $15 an hour.

Leading the charge was Pastor W. J. Rideout, of Good Jobs Now, who said these fast food giants are making a killing while their workers are starving.

“They’re making $200 billion a year, and they are the fastest-growing retail, but they are the lowest-paid. That says something,” Rideout said. “And since inflation has gone up, minimum wage has not gone up, and that’s a crying shame.

(credit: Mike Campbell/WWJ)

(credit: Mike Campbell/WWJ)

He added, “We have 122 fast food chains across the metro Detroit area; that’s 53,000-plus fast food workers getting $7.45 an hour, which is ridiculous.”

Denise Stitt, a Detroit mother of three, works at Taco Bell.

“I only get paid $8.09 … after five years. And I just got a 22-cent raise,” Stitt said.

She told WWJ Newsradio 950’s Mike Campbell a significant wage hike would change her life.

“It would help me get caught up on my bills. I could buy more stuff for my children; I could take them places. I could buy stuff for myself,” she said. “It’s hard out here.”

Similar protests were planned Wednesday in seven Michigan cities from Flint to Detroit.

RELATED: Detroiters Rally For Higher Minimum Wage

More from Mike Campbell
Comments

One Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS Detroit

Best 4th Of July Concerts In Metro DetroitStaying home this weekend? Celebrate the 4th of July by rocking out at one of these shows.
Hump Day Drinks: 8 Cheery Cocktail RecipesNow that you've made it through half the work week, it's time to celebrate!
Daily J

Watch & Listen