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Food Workers Rely on Public Assistance

(CNN) — More than half of fast food workers receive some form of public assistance because their wages aren’t enough.

Those are the findings according to a University of California Berkeley Labor Center and University of Illinois study. The report estimates that the public aid these workers receive equals about $7 billion in taxpayer money.

A separate report by the National Employment Law Project blames the nation’s 10 largest fast food companies for more than half the cost to taxpayers.

Both studies support claims by fast-food workers who are pushing for a $15-an-hour wage and the right to have unions.

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