Striking fast food workers get support from faith community in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Striking fast food workers in Kansas City, Mo., braved the cold temperatures and snow on the ground Thursday to take a stand for higher wages. Some members of the faith community joined the striking workers as a show of support

The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. Striking workers said that is not a living wage. The workers want to earn $15 an hour; they also want to form a legal union. 

"I work 15 hours a day and I have three jobs just to pay my bills," Bobby Bingham said. "I'm not married, I don't have any kids and that's not in my future either if I don't get a pay raise."

Susan McCann, Rector at Grace Episcopal Church in Liberty, walked the picket line with striking fast food workers.

"I pray that people of faith will join the fast food workers who do not deserve to work as hard as they do and not have enough money to support their families," McCann said.

The strike on Thursday in Kansas City was part of a national fast food workers strike. The first national strike was in August of last year.

The McDonald's Corporation issued the following statement:

"McDonald's and our owner-operators are committed to providing our employees with opportunities to succeed.  We offer employees advancement opportunities, competitive pay and benefits.  And we invest in training and professional development that helps them learn practical and transferable business skills.

We also respect the right to voice an opinion. To right-size the headlines, however, the events taking place are not strikes. Outside groups are traveling to McDonald's and other outlets to stage rallies. Our restaurants remain open today- and every day- thanks to our dedicated employees serving our customers."

-Lisa McComb, spokesperson, McDonald's USA

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