Labor

Unions Plan National Fast-Food Chain Strike for Massive Wage Hike

Grab a sandwich while you can

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Groups backing a $15 minimum wage for low-earning workers are calling for a nationwide fast-food strike next week.

The strike, set for Aug. 29, just days before Labor Day, builds on a series of one-day rolling walkouts by fast-food restaurant workers in several cities last month. …

The National Restaurant Association said it welcomes a debate on fair wages but argued in a statement to MSN's moneyNOW that its industry is being unfairly singled out.

"In fact, only 5 percent of restaurant employees earn the minimum wage and those who do are predominantly teenagers who are working part-time jobs," Angelo Amador, the association's vice president of labor and workforce policy, told moneyNOW.