#829Strike: Texans Protest Low Fast Food Wages As Part of Nationwide Strike

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Every worker deserves to make a living wage. For far too many workers in Texas — particularly those employed by the fast food industry — their full-time wages are insufficient and only perpetuate the cycle of poverty.

Yesterday's national protest against poverty wages from the fast food industry helped call attention to this situation, as workers in three Texas cities joined the fight.

Minimum wage in Texas is $7.25, which amounts to $290 for a 40-hour work week before taxes, and $15,080 before taxes for working 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year. Families are trying to raise their kids on these poverty wages while the corporations rake in record profits.

Texas has the largest fast food workforce in the nation. Much of Rick Perry's economic “miracle” has consisted of growth in service-sector jobs that don't pay living wages and only result in more people becoming dependent on government services — which, of course, our state doesn't provide to a sufficient degree.

Check out some top tweets from the protests below the jump.

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Katherine Haenschen

Katherine Haenschen is a PhD candidate at the University of Texas, where she studies political participation on digital media. She has previously managed successful candidate, issue, voter registration, and GOTV campaigns in Austin. In addition to serving as the president of Austin Young Democrats, she is also UCONN's #1 fan in Texas.

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