‘We can’t survive on $7.25’ chant local fast food protesters

Posted at 2:08 PM, Dec 05, 2013

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) -- A group of fast food workers joined a national movement to protest low wages.

Protests were planned in more than 100 cities on Thursday, which was organized to be a national "strike wave" against the $200 billion a year fast food industry, according to local organizers.

The Richmond group swarmed the McDonald's on Hull Street in south Richmond.  The group of protesters, around 50 in number, walked up to the outside window of the restaurant chanting: "We can't survive on $7.25!"

The federal minimum wage is $7.25, and protesters want to see that number raised to $15 an hour. Proponents of the movement also want fast workers to have the right to unionize.

More than half of fast food workers have to rely on public assistance programs since their wages aren’t enough to support them,a report found in October.

According to a University of California Berkeley Labor Center and University of Illinois study out Tuesday, 52% of families of fast food workers receive assistance from a public program like Medicaid, food stamps, the Earned Income Tax Credit and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.