Nightly News | December 05, 2013
>> by fast food workers in dozens of american cities demanding the federal minimum wage be raised to $15 an hour. our report from joe fryer in los angeles .
>> reporter: fast food workers walked off the job today pushing for the first federal minimum wage increase in four years. [ chanting ]
>> reporter: they braved frigid temps in denver --
>> we can't survive on $7.25!
>> reporter: and rainy weather in atlanta while protesters in other cities moved the chants inside.
>> catching like wildfire throughout the country. no one has seen this.
>> reporter: fanny velazquez skipped her shift. she lives with her parents and supports three children, about 25% of all fast food workers are raising kids.
>> sometimes they ask me, mom, can you buy me this and i'm like, i don't have enough money.
>> reporter: niga works at dunkin donuts and relies on some kind of public stance.
>> i get my paycheck and it's not enough. it's an insult.
>> reporter: mcdonald's employee simon rojas is a trained pharmacy tech but can't find a job in his field. at 23 years old, half of fast food workers today are his age or older.
>> i'm glad to have a job. $8 is not cutting it.
>> reporter: that wage generates a salary of barely $17,000 a year. as for today's protesters many weren't fast food workers. some were bussed in by labor groups drawing criticism.
>> the activities are made for tv protests.
>> reporter: the fast food industry argues a $15 wage is too high.
>> prices would have to go up. less jobs would be created.
>> reporter: in a statement mcdonald's says we respect right to voice an opinion. some people would pay more to help workers.
>> they deserve it.
>> reporter: as this man pull aid way he said $15 might be too much. a sign this fight may not be fast.