Charleston workers join nationwide fast food strike

Charleston workers join nationwide fast food strike

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A national movement among fast food workers to raise minimum wage to $15 an hour has made its way to Charleston.

Employees from several fast food restaurants, along with supporters, protested in the McDonald's parking lot along Savannah Highway.  The national strike is projected to span 100 cities.

"The people that are at the top continue to get wealthy and more wealthy, while the ones who are actually doing the work and making them the money, they're barely living," said Thomas Dixon, a local pastor and co-founder of People United to Take Back Our Community.

"Ask the corporate giants what's too much for them as far as their profit level," he said.

For Melissa York, an employee of two fast food restaurants, $15 is enough.

"This way maybe people wouldn't have to work two jobs and they could be home more often with their families," she said.

South Carolina is one of five states without an established state minimum wage.  The federal minimum is currently $7.25 an hour.

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