Detroit Fox Reporter to Fast Food Worker: ‘Paramedics Don’t Even Make $15 and They Save Lives’

A reporter with Fox 2 WJBK in Detroit asked a fast food worker on Tuesday why she deserved to make $15 when paramedics were paid under that amount.

Timed to correspond with the Republican Presidential Debate in Milwaukee, fast food workers took to the streets on Tuesday morning to call attention to the need for a living wage.

One worker told WJBK’s Roop Raj that workers needed a union and a minimum wage of at least $15/hour because it was impossible to live on current wages.

“It’s just not possible,” she said.

“Some people say that paramedics don’t even make $15 an hour and they save lives,” Raj told fast food worker Lakecha Jackson. “So, why should fast food workers get that?”

“Because we do too much,” Jackson replied. “We do more than we get paid.”

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for paramedics was $30,710, or $14.77 per hour as of May 2011.

Watch the video below from WJBK, broadcast Nov. 10, 2015.


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