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NCCR Issues Statement on Fast-Food ‘Strike’

For Immediate Release
Stephen E. Schatz (202) 626-8119

NCCR Issues Statement on Fast-Food ‘Strike’

WASHINGTON, August 29, 2013 – The National Council of Chain Restaurants (NCCR) issued the following statement today from Executive Director Rob Green on the labor activities targeting the restaurant industry:

“A few scattered protests organized by outside labor groups hardly amounts to a nationwide ‘strike’ or movement.

“The vast majority of fast-food workers across the country are committed to their jobs and realize that the restaurant industry provides an important first step into the world of work as well as long-term career opportunities. Beyond teen-agers and some part-timers, most restaurant workers make more than minimum wage, and can work their way up to management-level and corporate-level positions that provide rewarding career paths.

“These orchestrated ‘strikes’ and walkouts create headlines but do nothing to foster serious discussion about effective policies to create jobs in today’s still-struggling economy.”

The National Council of Chain Restaurants (NCCR) is the leading trade association exclusively representing chain restaurant companies. For more than 40 years, NCCR has worked to advance sound public policy that best serves the interests of restaurant businesses and the millions of people they employ. NCCR members include the country's most-respected quick-service and table-service chains. NCCR is a division of the National Retail Federation, the world's largest retail trade group.