Fast food workers prepare to escalate wage demands

Courtesy of the Associated Press

July 25, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) — Fast food workers from around the country will gather this weekend in Chicago to discuss how to escalate their campaign for higher wages and union representation.

About 1,300 workers are expected at a convention in suburban Chicago Friday and Saturday. They say they can't provide for their family on minimum wage and want paid sick days and other benefits.

Industry officials say a $15-an-hour wage would hurt jobs, and that the solution is more education and job training.

Kendall Fells is an organizing director of the national effort who works for the Service Employees International Union.

He says higher-profile protests are coming that may include civil disobedience. So far, most of the protests have included one-day strikes and a protest outside this year's McDonald's Corp. shareholder meeting.