State Sen. Nan Orrock (D-Atlanta) joined Thursday’s protest, which followed similar protests last summer in several dozen cities.
“We came to stand up and speak out against the injustice of these low wage jobs with no benefits that are all across the fast food industry all across the nation,” Orrock told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“They’re keeping people in poverty,” she said of the low-paying jobs.
“People have a job, but it’s not a job that can put food on the table and keep a roof over their head and educate their children, and that’s un-American as far as I can see,” Orrock said. “We are the wealthiest nation in the world, and we can’t allow the fast food corporations to make billions of profits while keeping people in poverty who do the work for them every day.”
The Associated Press reported that the National Restaurant Association, an industry lobbying group, called the demonstrations a "campaign engineered by national labor groups," and said the majority of participants across the country were union protesters rather than restaurant workers.