American fast-food workers often earn about $7.25 an hour to make the $3 chicken sandwiches and 99-cent tacos that generate billions of dollars in profit each year for McDonald’s and other chains.
Thousands of the nation’s many millions of fast-food workers and their supporters have been staging protests across the country in the past year to call attention to the struggles of living on or close to the federal minimum wage. The push raises the question of whether the economics of the fast-food industry allow a boost in pay.
The industry is built on a model that keeps costs low so companies can make money while satisfying America’s love of cheap, fast food. And no group along the food chain wants to foot the bill for higher wages. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.