Some Springfield fast-food workers are joining in a nationwide protest aimed at getting Congress to enact a much higher federal minimum wage.
The workers picketed outside local restaurants Thursday, saying they can’t make ends meet or support their families on the current minimum wage. Local labor leaders support the effort, saying no one can survive on the minimum wage right now. They say raising it to a living wage would craete enormous benefits, at a cost that they say corporations and consumers can afford.
Illinois currently has a higher minimum wage than the $7.25 an hour federal standard… but the protest is aimed at getting it boosted to $15 an hour nationwide. The Obama administration has called for raising the national rate slightly, but far less than what the striking workers are demanding.