- Posted December 5, 2013 by
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Fast food workers strike in Pittsburgh
- Jareen, CNN iReport producer
Fast food workers in Pittsburgh are out on strike, joining workers in 100 cities across the nation to call for a living wage and right to form a union.
Picture 1: Art Helms a 25 year employee of Wendys, he has not had a raise in 15 years.
Picture 2: Fast food workers are calling for a living wage of $15 an hour and the right to form a union without retaliation.
Picture 3: Dunkin' Donuts in Downtown Pittsburgh was closed for a couple of hours this morning due to today's strike. The fast food protests began in November of 2012 when 200 fast food workers in New York City held a one-day strike at more than 20 restraunts.
Picture 4: People often think that fast food jobs are just for teenagers, but that's not true. Over 40% of fast food workers are over the age of 25 and more than a quarter have at least one child. bit.ly/1dSdl7n
Picture 5: Fast Food Workers and Community Allies protest inside of McDonalds in Downtown Pittsburgh.
Picture 6: Fast Food Workers and Community Allies protest inside of McDonalds in Downtown Pittsburgh.
Picture 7: The fastest growing jobs in the United States are also the lowest paid: Fast food provides an increasing share of our new jobs, but workers are paid between $10,000 and $18,000 a year– less than half what it costs to support a family.
Picture 8: Fast Food Workers and community allies march through downtown Pittsburgh calling for a living wage of $15 an hour and the right to form a union without retaliation.
Picture 9: fast food workers and community allies protest inside of Dunkin Donuts in Downtown Pittsburgh this morning. Fast food workers often have to get a second job or rely on public assistance to get by. That means taxpayer dollars are subsidizing fast food industries who don't pay their workers enough to take care of themselves.