Faces of Fast Food: Getting by on $7.40 an hour in Detroit

The argument goes that fast food workers don’t deserve more than minimum wage because the jobs require no skill and are meant to be temporary for teenagers and others who are just entering the workforce.

But in a city like Detroit, where unemployment is rampant and people are losing their homes, fast food is anything but temporary. At least it provides some money for those lucky enough to get full-time jobs – a little under 0 a week after taxes.
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At $13,000 a year, a full-time fast food worker makes just above the poverty line for an individual, which is $11,136.

On Thursday, more than 100 fast food workers in Detroit walked out to protest what they consider unlivable wages.

Here are four people who work in fast food in the Motor City. Click on a photo to see their story.
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Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.