Fast-food workers in Hartford join national strike - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Fast-food workers in Hartford join national strike

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Fast-food workers want more money, and organizers said many are walking off the job to get it.

Strikes were planned at restaurants across the country Thursday, including some Dunkin' Donuts and Subways in Connecticut.

Striker organizers said this is all about asking for a little more money so workers can earn a living wage.

"It's not right," Devon Johnson said. "They make so much money off us and we don't make any money."

Johnson works at a Subway in Manchester. He said he has to work two jobs to make ends meet. He said with rising gas prices and other expenses, he's barely making a living.

Striking fast-food workers want the minimum wage raised from $7.25 to $15 an hour and said they will walk off the job to get their point across.

Here in Connecticut minimum wage is $8.25 and will rise to $8.70 in January and then to $9 the following year.

Thousands of workers are walking off the job at fast-food restaurants in 50 cities, including Hartford. It follows a series of strikes that began last year in New York City and spread to seven other cities this summer.

The Working Families Party said Thursday's strikes mark the first time fast-food workers in Hartford have walked off the job.

"I work 40 hours a week," Subway worker James Goolsby said. "I make about $200 a week, work six days and I have no money."

National Restaurant Association said the low wages are because many fast-food workers are young with little job experience. They said doubling wages would hurt job creation.

The White House is also calling for raising the federal minimum wage, but at a more modest increase of $9 an hour.

It's not clear yet if the strikes will shut down any restaurants because they have been announced and made public, giving managers time to adjust their staffing.

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