Group protests outside Burger King in Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Burger King is firing back as it feels the heat over its plan to merge with Tim Hortons.

Protesters gathered outside a Burger King on Seneca Street in Buffalo on Monday over concerns the fast food chain wants to merge with Tim Hortons and move its corporate headquarters to Canada to avoid paying corporate taxes.

They feel that if Burger King is doing business in the U.S. than the company should have to pay its fair share in taxes. In addition, protestors say they’re fighting for the workers inside the fast food franchise, who they feel should be paid more.

Meanwhile Burger King says the two companies will continue to operate as independent brands. A spokesperson says its headquarters will remain in Miami and adds the company will continue to pay all federal, state and local U.S. taxes.

“They’re a very profitable company. This merger will make them even more profitable and they can afford to pay their workers a fair and a livable wage,” said Andy Reynolds, the communications organizer with Coalition for Economic Justice.

“We can give the people inside this establishment hope. Hope that people out here fighting for them and fighting for better pay. I think that’s the most important thing,” said Kirk Laubenstein, the Executive Director with the Coalition for Economic Justice.

Currently the minimum wage in New York State is $8.00. The federal minimum wage is $7.25.

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