Vegas fast food workers set to join protests

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Updated: 9/04 8:13 am

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Fast food workers in Las Vegas are expected to join their counterparts across the country in a push for $15-and-hour wages.

Workers from restaurants including McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's and KFC were set to protest at about 6 a.m. Thursday across from the Mirage casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

Organizers say the workers are seeking better pay and the right to form a union without retaliation.

Protests among fast food workers have gained national media attention since they started in New York City in late 2012.

Restaurant industry groups say such pay hikes would hurt their ability to create jobs and note that many of the participants are not workers. Demonstrations have been organized by the Service Employees International Union.

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mimilaura - 9/4/2014 11:04 PM
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In 1958 I started working - maximum wage $1 per hour. Federal minimum wage is now $7.25 -56 years later. The workers are idiots for accepting this.what's that - about 12 cent per year?

tikidianne - 9/4/2014 12:36 PM
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That's right... double your wages for a NO SKILL job!! How about quitting that job and using your experience to get a different job OR learning a trade/skill that is actually worth decent pay!! Fast food jobs are for students or anybody wanting to SUPPLEMENT their existing income, NOT as a sole income to live on, as the propaganda wants you to believe!!!

SuperNinja - 9/4/2014 10:26 AM
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Idiots...shouldn't they be working instead of protesting? They're so tight on money but they can afford to take off without pay and risk being fired? There's plenty of teenagers and college students (aka the appropriate workforce for fast food) who would line up to take their jobs.
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