Seth Freed Wessler at Colorlines: A Fast Food Nation Fights for Living Wages—Against Long Odds

In Times Square just a few minutes later, a crowd of construction workers, retail store employees, airport workers, security guards and fast food workers like Jantuah chanted to the now proverbial 1 percent, “Pay your taxes, pay your workers,” as mayoral candidates and labor leaders led from the microphones. On their Carhardt jackets and sweatshirts, hundreds of the workers wore stickers reading, “Can’t survive on $7.25.”

They were riding the wave that 23-year-old Jantuah helped set in motion a week earlier when she joined as many as 200 New York City burger flippers and dollar menu cashiers in a day-long strike that organizers are calling the largest mass labor action ever of fast food chain workers.

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