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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Rick McGahey: We won't see higher wages without two important policy changes
The American economy has added an average of 261,000 jobs every month for the past 12 months, with March's jobs report showing a slowdown to 126,000 jobs. Average hourly wages bumped up 7 cents in March, but have only grown by 2.1% in the last 12 months, a meager 52 cents per hour.
Minimum wages are on top of the political agenda in many countries.
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.