Charleston fast food workers strike, demand higher wages

Charleston fast food workers strike, demand higher wages
Published: May. 15, 2014 at 12:55 PM EDT|Updated: May. 15, 2014 at 9:57 PM EDT
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NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - Several Charleston fast food workers are expected to go on strike Thursday as part of a national movement to demand higher pay and the right to unionize.

"We cannot survive on $7.25 when the cost of living is going up and everything else. We just want to succeed like everyone else is, " said Lakia Williams, manager at Hardee's.

The first strike began at 6 a.m. in front of Burger King on Dorchester Road, as roughly two dozen fast food workers stood alongside the busy road with signs in hand. The workers are asking for their wages to be increased to $15 an hour, as well as the right to form a union without the fear of retaliation.

Another strike happened at 11 a.m. at 2941 Montague Avenue in North Charleston, across from the McDonald's.

"$7.25 is not a livable wage. The same way that you want to make sure that your family is taken care of, I want to be able to make sure my family is taken care of too without the struggling, without the hassle," said Cherri Delesline.

The protesters were happy with the turnout and the reactions from drivers passing by. 

"I think a lot of people are supporting it, they're getting out blowing the horns, passing, waving," said Jessica Rabon, fast food employee. "I mean I think everybody  is really looking forward to something being changed out here in Charleston."

Thursday's protest is part of a 150-city campaign, stretching across 34 countries.

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