Fast Food Workers Protest For Higher Wages

Dec 5, 2013

Demonstrators and workers gathered to protest the minimum wage fast food chain Wendy’ s Thursday afternoon in Warwick.

Protestors rally outside Wendy's in Warwick for wage hikes for fast-food employees in Rhode Island.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Dozens of people gathered in the light rain in front of Wendy’s on Warwick Ave demanding an increase in lowest level pay from seven dollars seventy-five cents to fifteen dollars an hour.

The protest was one of one-hundred strikes going on in different cities throughout the country. 

Protestor Bounche Dorbor of Central Falls has been working at Wendy’s for the last five years making seven dollars seventy-five cents an hour.

“If I was making 15 dollars an hour and working 20 hours a week, I would be fine. Be able to pay my rent that’s seven hundred, and take care of my two kids," said Dorbor.

The protest is part of a growing movement across the country, but today was the first protest of its kind in Rhode Island.

Rhode Island’s minimum wage is set to go up to 8 dollars an hour in January.

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