Fast food workers in Wisconsin took part in a national strike today to rally for higher wages. Strikes took place in Milwaukee, Madison, Wausau, and other Wisconsin cities. Workers are advocating for a wage floor of $15 an hour.

Wages in the fast food industry are low, and benefits are scarce.  A typical front-line worker in a fast food restaurant earns $8.69 an hour, and only 13% of workers receive health benefits through their employer. In Wisconsin, 28,000 people work in front-line fast food service.

Low wages in the fast food industry might be more acceptable if workers had opportunities to earn higher wages as they gained experience and seniority. But fast food jobs offer very limited opportunities for advancement. Only 2.2% of jobs in the industry are managerial, professional, or technical occupations, and most people who start as front-line workers have few opportunities to move up. [cont’d.]

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