URBANA - 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 taxpayer dollars. A separate report by the National Employment Law project blames the nation's ten 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/hr wage and the right to make unions.