Fast Food Protests Planned in 100 Cities

Fast food workers across the US plan demonstrations to demand higher wages.
3:00 | 12/05/13

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Thousands of workers at fast FOOD CHAINS SUCH as McDonald's and burger king are walking off the job today, demanding pay raises. The questions this morning, then, how much would an increase in their pay end up costing you, the consumer. Abc's rebecca jarvis here in new york, with some insight there. Good morning to you, rebecca. Reporter: Hi, josh. Good morning to you. A typical fast food worker in america makes about $9 an hour. But even those who support their efforts to increase their wages say that that would increase, if they were to increase those wages, that would increase the price of fast food by 20% if these workers were to get what they want. Protests across the country this morning. Scenes like this in new york, expected in 100 cities, including chicago, denver, houston and l.A., With fast food restaurant employees walking out of work and on to picket lines. Until we lift workers up and give them wages they can live off of, there won't be a true recovery from the greatest recession since the depression. Reporter: Protesters say a typical casheer or cook makes about $1,000 below the poverty line for a family of three. They want the minimum wage more than doubled. From $7.25 an hour to $15. Now, the president is joining the conversation. We know that there are airport workers and fast food workers and nurse assistants and retail salespeople who work their tails off. And are living at or barely above poverty. Reporter: The national association of restaurants are fighting back. Saying dramatic increases in starting wage will increase prices for restaurant meals and lead to fewer jobs created. And one of the reasons you're seeing scenes like this all across the country is that restaurants have been one of the few places to show the biggest signs of job growth since the great recession. So, more and more american families, josh, are having to rely on those jobs to get by. Rebecca jarvis in new york. A rescue effort to save

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