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Fast Food Workers Strike Worldwide for Better Wages While McDonald's Lamely Relaunches Ronald

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Fast food workers embarked on their largest ever strike worldwide today to bring attention to their low-wage plight. The strike is taking place in 230 cities, 33 countries and across all six inhabited continents.

Rather than raise wages for its workers (most of whom make minimum wage, or $7.25 an hour, which amounts to sub-poverty level $15,080 a year for full-time work), McDonalds announced they would relaunch Ronald McDonald. Now he will wear cargo pants and tweet.

"They need to re-re-launch Ronald McDonald," said Erica Payne, President of  The Agenda Project Action Fund. "Instead of cargo pants, give him a conscience." Payne added, "The CEO of McDonald's makes  $9,247 an hour while the people who actually cook the food and serve the customers live in poverty. We need to stop the Greedy Clown before he destroys the country."      

A few background facts from the Agenda Project Action Fund.

Fast food CEO's make 1,200 times more than their employees 

The current federal minimum wage worker is $7.25 per hour, which translates to $15,080 for a full-time, year-round worker 

The average minimum wage worker is 35 years old, most are women, and 28% have children 

70% of Americans support raising the minimum wage 

There are 830 McDonald's in Australia 

Australia's minimum wage is $16 an hour 

50% of fast food workers are on public assistance 

Even Bill O'Reilly supports raising the minimum wage 

Last year taxpayers gave $7 billion in public assistance to fast food workers        
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