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Court Toons: The Great Fry Strike
Lower-wage employees of fast-food restaurants are trying to cast a harsh spotlight on poor working conditions and scant wages. Workers from McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, KFC, Domino’s, and Burger King walked off their jobs last week in New York City in their effort to obtain better wages and the right to unionize in what some observers say is the largest-ever push to unionize fast-food workers, according to a New York Times report. The median pay for a fast-food worker in New York City is $9 an hour, or $18,500 a year, according to the New York Labor Department. That’s about $4,500 lower than Census Bureau’s poverty income threshold level of $23,000 for a family of four. Workers say they are asking for a pay raise to $15 an hour and the right to form a union.