Philly Fast Food Workers Rally for Higher Wages

Several dozen joined workers across the country in calling for $15 an hour.

Except for the Dunkin Donuts in The Gallery — the greatest Dunkin Donuts in all of Philadelphia — fast food service is notoriously awful. But the more I think about it, the more I think that should be the case. It’s not that fast food has to be an especially demeaning or terrible job, though I’m sure it can be. But making minimum wage for years and dealing with obnoxious fast food customers? I don’t know.

Yesterday, fast food workers from the area joined others around the country in rallying for higher wages. Minimum wage in Pennsylvania is currently $7.25 an hour. KYW 1060’s Cherri Gregg reported from a rally in North Philly:

Javier Mulet says he’s not afraid to speak out. The four-year Dunkin’ Donuts veteran makes $7.45 an hour and says he stood up against management when they demanded that employees give up their tips after their store was robbed.

“Management decided workers had to pay it out of their tip wages,” he says, “I was threatened with my job, so I told them I would pay it, but I never did.”

Well, at least Javier Mulet pulled a fast one on his employer. (I also hope it’s a fake name.) State Democrats currently want to follow President Obama’s suggestion and raise the minimum to $10.10 an hour. Those protesting yesterday want a $15 an hour minimum for fast food employees.

[KYW 1060]

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  • getAgrip

    This defies logic. $30,000/year to start at a fast food joint – A job usually held by high school kids. Unbelievable…

    I’m all for fair wages, but this will lead to hyperinflation as the next in line (and next, next, next…) expect their raises to match.

    Why not $6,000,000 per hour?

  • matthew brandley

    since when is fast food a career? since when do we have to pay for irresponsable clowns who are to lazy to get better paying jobs by taking advatage of free courses offerd at community colleges, libraries, job training centers? these jobs are stepping stones for the working world not a career. its not our problem if you have 7 kids and cant keep your legs shut or your zipper up and your clothes on! theres grants available to go to school and get a better education. not my problem if you dropped out of school and decided you where to lazy to finish . why should the tax payers have to pay for your obama entitled lazyness? what ever happend o earning it the old fashiones way through hard wark and merit? not entitlement like these clowns want? go get a education losers. If you get your 15 bucks a hour ywill lose your job as kiosks are put in place instead of cash registers like many stores have out in the mid west and down south. walmart has closed many registers. supermarkets same. be careful what you wish for . the public resents losers like you clowns . your called l cry babies.

  • S.Philly

    Wow, by refusing to let his employer steal from him, he “pulled a fast one on his employer” according to the author. This is some logic.