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San Diego Fast Food Workers To Join National Call For Higher Minimum Wage

Photo by Tarryn Mento

Debra Flores, an employee at Wendy's in downtown San Diego, stands amid protestors at a rally for an increase of the minimum wage, Aug. 29, 2013.

As fast food workers across the U.S. rally in support of higher wages, San Diegans are planning to join in.

Midday protests are scheduled at fast food restaurants in downtown San Diego, Escondido and Oceanside, according to the website Low Pay Is Not OK.

Local activist group San Diego Fight for 15 highlights a fourth rally in Bonita on its Facebook page.

This is the second time in recent months San Diegans have joined national rallies against the minimum wage. In August, dozens of protestors gathered at a downtown Wendy's, although it was unclear how many were fast food employees.

California's minimum wage is currently $8 an hour, but Gov. Jerry Brown signed a measure in September to increase it to $10 within three years.

Just this week, the D.C. Council endorsed a minimum wage increase to $11.50 per hour. The federal minimum wage is currently $7.25.

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Anon11 | December 5, 2013 at 10:20 a.m. ― 3 years, 2 months ago

Good on them for having the courage to strike. I hope they're prepared for the worst, though.

People have power in how they choose to spend their money. As long as most Americans default to the convenience of fast food, the industry will thrive and continue to bottom-line its low skilled, revolving door workers.

The employees have the choice to seek higher employment. But if they can't find a better job, then it seems the market has priced them appropriately.

We can vote up the minimum wage. I'm all for it. But short of that, trying to artificially inflate your value in an entry level job is risky, if not a bit arrogant.

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sdreefer21 | December 5, 2013 at 5:50 p.m. ― 3 years, 2 months ago

Such a slippery slope indeed. Not meant to be a career, but many seem to turn it into one. If you calue yourself you would find a career instead of a job. Flipping burgers is not a skilled position. I hope they do get huuuge raises though. Fast food and lack of excercise is killing our youth sooner than nature would. I could go without a Mcdowells burger and never feel like i missed a thing.

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