Fast food workers demanding higher wages protest in Warren - Boston News, Weather, Sports | FOX 25 | MyFoxBoston

Fast food workers demanding higher wages protest in Warren

Posted: Updated:
Protesters outside a Taco Bell in Warren Protesters outside a Taco Bell in Warren
WARREN, Mich. (WJBK) -

A Taco Bell parking lot in Warren was the starting point Wednesday for hundreds of fast food workers who marched down Eight Mile demanding higher pay.

Fast food workers are frustrated.

"We can't raise our children off $7.40. It's hard to survive. You can't pay bills," said Shaniee Stitt, who works at the Taco Bell. "You can barely eat."

Workers point out that the average full-time fast food employee makes $15,392 annually compared to an estimated $200 billion in annual industry earnings.

Along with higher wages, workers also want better working conditions and the right to unionize.

"When we all come together, we can get things done," said protest organizer Rev. Charles Williams. "The change will come not just in Detroit, but all over this country."

The restaurant industry says higher wages would hurt job creation.

Protests are being held in seven states this week, including at more than 80 sites in metro Detroit and Flint.

This was not the first such strike in Michigan. Some workers at about 50 fast food restaurants in the Detroit area walked off their jobs in May as part of the effort.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Detroit Tigers Minor League Pitcher charged with sexual assault.

    Detroit Tigers Minor League Pitcher charged with sexual assault.

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:46 AM EDT2014-07-30 15:46:42 GMT
    Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced Wednesday that former Detroit Tigers pitcher, Evan Reed, is charged with two counts of third degree criminal sexual conduct.
    Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced Wednesday that former Detroit Tigers pitcher, Evan Reed, is charged with two counts of third degree criminal sexual conduct.
  • Attorney wants investigation of city clerk over Arab-American voter suppression

    Attorney wants investigation of city clerk over Arab-American voter suppression

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:43 PM EDT2014-07-30 03:43:20 GMT
    It is the tale of two cities. one paints a picture of a meticulous Dearborn Heights city clerk, following the law and fighting for a fair election. The other a story of abuse of power, mishandled ballots and voter suppression.Fatima Abdrabboh is an attorney and Michigan's director of the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee the largest chapter in the country. She is calling for a full-scale investigation into claims that Walter Prusiewicz mishandled ballots from Arab-American voters fo...
    It is the tale of two cities. one paints a picture of a meticulous Dearborn Heights city clerk, following the law and fighting for a fair election. The other a story of abuse of power, mishandled ballots and voter suppression.Fatima Abdrabboh is an attorney and Michigan's director of the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee the largest chapter in the country. She is calling for a full-scale investigation into claims that Walter Prusiewicz mishandled ballots from Arab-American voters fo...
  • Warren grandparents upset after grandchildren see racist graffiti at park

    Warren grandparents upset after grandchildren see racist graffiti at park

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:15 PM EDT2014-07-30 03:15:40 GMT
    Tuesday afternoon Bruce and Lubertha Callaway took their grandchildren to Shaw Park in Warren when they saw something they couldn't believe.
    Tuesday afternoon Bruce and Lubertha Callaway took their grandchildren to Shaw Park in Warren when they saw something they couldn't believe.
Powered by WorldNow

25 FOX Drive
Dedham, MA 02026

Phone (781) 467-2525

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices