Fast food employees in the United States and around the world are expected to walk off the job today in protest against what they believe to be substandard wages and working conditions.  While these protests have been going on for quite some time, today’s rally represents the largest collective action yet in what has colloquially been referred to as the “fight for $15.”  Thus far, fast food restaurants have resisted the employees’ demands.  However, a McDonalds’ spokesperson noted last month that it was an “important” conversation to have.

“This is an important discussion that needs to take into account the highly competitive nature of the industries that employ minimum wage workers, as well as consumers and the thousands of small businesses which own and operate the vast majority of McDonald’s restaurants,” McDonald’s told USA Today earlier this month.

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