On Thursday, employees of fast food chains demonstrated across the country for a $15-an-hour minimum wage. The protests were estimated to hit 100 cities in an ongoing movement to raise salaries for low-income, hourly earners. "As prices for food, clothing and gas is going up, we work so hard for just a little bit of money," a McDonald's worker said. "The least they could do is pay us something we can be proud of." Efforts were met with criticism by the National Council of Chain Restaurants, which argues that chain restaurants are "a collection of small businesses in local communities" and they face "stiff economic head winds resulting from laws like the Affordable Care Act and anti-competitive rules."