Fast Food Workers Ask for Public Aid

Protests from New York to LA have popped up across the country since last fall.

Fast food workers are calling for higher pay and the right to organize without retaliation and today, more fuel was added to the fire.

A new study from the University of California and Illinois says more than half of fast food workers rely on the government for help. 52 percent get Medicaid, food stamps, earned income tax credit or rely on a program known as temporary assistance for needy families.

Compare that to workforce as a whole, where 25-percent of families get assistance.

The average fast good worker makes $18,800 a year and the study says the median fast food worker works 30-hours a week.

Only 13-percent get health benefits, compared to 59-percent of the overall workforce. However, the National Restaurant Association calls the study “misleading” and says it uses a “very narrow lenses and selective data to attack the industry and fails to recognize that the majority of lower-wage employees work part-time to supplement a family income”.

The group also says restaurants provide millions of jobs and a chance to move up because most restaurant owners actually started in entry-level positions.

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