Fast food workers strike in New York City on Thursday, August 29, 2013, demanding a minimum of $15 an hour. Fast food workers in 50 cities across the U.S. are walking off the job Thursday as they protest for higher wages.
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President Obama and his supporters are currently very vested and engaged in championing the minimum wage.
In his January 1964 State of the Union address, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared an “unconditional war on poverty,” setting into motion a series of policy changes and new programs that cut poverty in half (from 22 to 11 percent) by 1975 and kept it well below 20 percent in the years since. Johnson’s programs continue to save millions of Americans from the worst effects of poverty each year. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, they lifted 41 million Americans out of poverty in 2012 alone.
Fast food protests aren't going away.