A number New York fast food workers are looking to unionize their respective workplaces in an effort to double their wage from slightly above minimum wage ($7.25 in New York) to $15.
The fast food industry's high job turnover rate has usually kept unionization at bay, but a recent walk-out is the biggest unionization effort in American history, promoters say. Additionally, as the Atlantic notes, the age of fast food workers is growing older, changing the traditional view of such jobs as employment for teenagers.
The push for unionization, called "Fast Food Forward" is organized by New York Communities for Change, United NY, and the SEIU.
Proponents of unionization say most employees at restaurants like Wendy's, McDonald's, and Burger King can't afford a basic living necessities like food, rent, and transit fares. Such minimum wage earners tend to rely on public assistance as well.
Opponents say raised wages would add at least one to two dollars to the cost of a sandwich, Reuters reports.Via the New York Times