Indianapolis fast food workers joined nationwide strikes today to protest minimum wage laws.
“Indy workers can’t survive living on seven-twenty five,” Indianapolis fast food workers chanted after they walked off the job and on to the Circle Mall in Indianapolis. Holding signs and beating drums they called for an increase in the minimum wage to $15 per hour.
McDonalds employee Nicholas Williams says the current minimum wage doesn’t cover his basic needs.
“$7.25 is not enough to live off of, for financial means, for medical bills,” he says. “I mean food gas even getting back to work is a struggle and even trying to keep my cell phone on is.”
President Barack Obama has proposed increasing minimum wage to $9 per hour, but Indianapolis Faith and Labor commission President Nancy Holle says even that is not enough.
“As consumers and tax payers, we have been subsidizing these industries and they are making huge profits off on the backs of these workers which we then subsidize with public assistance,” he says.
Fast food workers went on strike in 60 cities across the country to push fast food restaurant like McDonalds, KFC and Taco Bell to give their workers higher pay.
In a statement today, the National Restaurant Association said 95 percent of restaurant employees earn more than the minimum wage.
“The restaurant industry provides opportunity to over 13 million Americans with jobs that meet critical needs within our economy,” said Scott DeFife, Executive Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs of the National Restaurant Association.