On Thursday, August 29th, workers in fast food restaurants in sixty cities across the country walked off the job in the largest such strike in the nation’s history. Here in Madison, dozens of low-wage workers walked out, forcing at least two establishments to temporarily close due to the worker shortage. Strikers joined activists to march through downtown Madison demanding a living wage of fifteen dollars an hour. Nationally, most fast-food workers earn an average of $8.94 per hour. The federal minimum wage has been at $7.25 per hour since 2009.
On Labor Day, Monday host Brian Standing spoke with two Madison workers who walked off their jobs on Thursday to join the protest: Meghan Ford, who works at Dunkin Donuts, and Reginald Hair, who works at Burger King.