Lisa Rushing Richmond County Daily Journal

December 5, 2013

Lisa Rushing

Richmond County Daily Journal

Fast food service workers in 100 major cities planned to walk off the job on Thursday as part of a strike for better pay and the right to unionize without interference from employers. Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh Durham were among the 100 cities. The service workers are hoping to raise their hourly wage from an average of $7.25 to $15 an hour.

President Barack Obama has voiced support for raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour from $7.25 an hour.

At Burger King in Hamlet on Thursday afternoon, a female cashier felt that the owners don’t care about the employees, and that they already complain about paying out $7.25 an hour. The cashier went on to say that if she did make $15 an hour, she would be able to afford a vehicle and wouldn’t have to work two jobs.

At McDonald’s in Rockingham, a male KFC employee that was waiting on his food thought that nobody from Richmond County would strike because they are used to the stress and being underpaid. However, he did think it would be good to make $15 an hour.

When asked about the strike, the McDonald’s cashier questioned a fellow cashier about why they weren’t striking. The cashier went on to say that she freely speaks her mind, but that her co-workers tend to not do so and that to get results would require all of them to work together.

The cashier is hopeful one day the minimum wage will increase because it is hard making it from week to week.

There were reasons why fast food workers in Richmond County wouldn’t provide their names to The Daily Journal. A McDonald’s patron felt that if anyone picketed against a business, they would be fired.

At Huddle House in Rockingham, the male line cook had heard of the strike, and really liked the idea. However, he knew there would be consequences if it happened. Huddle House would most likely close down, in his opinion. There are three cooks and they average nine to 10 hours a day. The cook felt that the minimum wage increase would definitely help the economy. He was unsure if the owner would keep all three cooks, if the proposed federal minimum wage of $10.10 went through.

At Hardee’s in Rockingham, the male shift leader had not heard about the strike, but once given some background information, felt that raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour would definitely impact businesses in a negative way. Hardee’s probably would not close down, but at least half of the employees would most likely lose their jobs, and the restaurant would struggle. He also felt that not everyone is worth the same amount, and that it’s how you live your life and the choices you make that determine where you end up.