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Indy workers join national protest over fast-food wages

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INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 5, 2013) – Indianapolis fast-food workers are among those across the country striking for better wages.

A hundred cities will join the nationwide effort Thursday, including Boston, Chicago, Denver, Hartford, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Oakland, Raleigh and Tampa.

The workers, who plan to target major chains like McDonald’s and Burger King among others, are fighting for $15 an hour and the right to form unions. A similar demonstration was organized in August.

According to organizers, the Indianapolis metro area has nearly 23,820 fast-food workers with a median wage of $8.69 an hour. An MIT professor estimated that an adult with one child needed to make $17.81 an hour to afford the basics if they lived in the Indianapolis area. Workers say they have to turn to public assistance to meet their basic needs and believe higher wages would alleviate the problem.

Organizers argue that the fast-food industry is making record profits on the backs of its workers.

Protests in Indianapolis were planned at two locations:

  • 11:00 – 11:30 a.m., McDonald’s, 3745 N. Post Rd.
  • 12:30 – 1:00 p.m., McDonald’s, 1611 N Meridian St.