Is a Fast-Food CEO Worth 1,200 Times a Fry Cook? Apparently So.

May 15, 2014 | | The New Republic |

Fast food workers have held one-day strikes across the United States on different occasions the past few years, but on Thursday, they are taking their operation global. Their demand: a $15-an-hour wage. The strikes will take place in 150 cities across more than 30 countries as part of the 'Fight for Fifteen' movement.

Last July, the National Employment Law Project released a report that found the median hourly wage for front-line occupations in the accommodation and food services industry—chefs, cashiers and crew—was just $8.94, barely above the national minimum wage of $7.25. In April, Demos, a public policy organization, examined CEO-to-worker pay in the fast food industry. Between 2000 and 2012, the fast-food CEO-to- worker compensation ratio skyrocketed upwards by 470 percent.