The workers aim to call attention to the hardships of living on the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, or about $15,000 a year for a full-time employee. Labor unions, Democrats, and various worker advocacy groups started the campaign to raise wages in cities about a year ago.
Their protesting seems effective, seeing that last month, President Barack Obama said he would back a Senate measure to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. On Wednesday, the president gave a speech in which he addressed income equality.
Organizers say walkouts are planned in 100 cities, with rallies set for another 100 cities. But “it’s not clear how large the turnout will be at any given location, or whether the walkouts will be enough to disrupt operations,” reports AP. Similar protests this summer had varying results—some restaurants were unable to serve customers and others seemed unaffected. We’ll have to wait to see what happens, but we highly recommend you skip trying to score that McRib today.