What People Don’t Realize About the McDonald’s Strikes

May 20, 2021

Workers say that McDonald’s made $5 billion last year, and they deserve more of a cut. The motto of the strike was “15 for 15”, with workers exiting the Golden Arches in 15 cities —  Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento, Miami, Tampa, Orlando, Chicago, Detroit, Flint, Kansas City, St Louis, Raleigh-Durham, Charleston, Houston, and Milwaukee. 

The idea of raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour has been gaining traction. In April, President Biden signed an executive order raising the minimum wages of government contractors to $15 per hour. That same month, Amazon announced it was raising wages by another $3 per hour. Amazon has been paying $15 per hour since 2018. Florida approved an amendment to raise its minimum wage incrementally to reach $15 per hour by 2026.

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