Evidently the fast food restaurant workers in Encinitas are okay with their wages. A nationwide fast food workers strike was called for on the morning of August 29, in a effort to raise their industry’s minimum wage to $15.00 per hour. San Diego was one of the 30 cities chosen for the protest. A protest did occur downtown near Horton Plaza.
The strike was all but ignored by the employees and managers of Encinitas’ four-targeted chain restaurants — Chipotle, McDonalds, Subway, and Wendy’s.
Each of the managers at the four Encinitas restaurants said the strike didn’t affect their business, and none of their employees called in sick or didn’t show up. (McDonalds Corporation had previously released a statement in that any worker that took part in the strike would be welcomed back to their jobs the next day.)
The manger at Subway of Santa Fe Dr. hadn’t even heard about the strike action being called.
While the national minimum wage is $7.25/hour, California fast food workers, as do all non-farm jobs, start at $8.00/hour. The manager at the Wendy’s on Encinitas Boulevard said starting wages at her restaurant could be higher, depending on the position applied for. (In-N-Out Burger, which was not targeted, confirmed they pay the highest starting wage in the industry at $10.50/hour, but the hiring standards are stricter than other fast food chains.)