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    Posted December 5, 2013 by
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    Fast food workers strike in Pittsburgh

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Maria Montano is a communications staff member who was working with a group that is trying to bring awareness to the fast food workers strike in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She says more than 100 workers came out on December 5 to participate in this protest, which was held in Market Square, an area in downtown Pittsburgh that houses many fast food restaurants. She says the event was lively and energetic as singers and drummers joined in with protesters. Montano says she supports the workers strike and is glad to see it getting some attention. 'I think it's important we start having this conversation. The fast food industry is a 200 billion dollar industry and they can't afford to pay their workers a living wage,' she said.
    - 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.

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    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.

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