by KING 5 News and Associated Press
Posted on November 5, 2013 at 6:28 PM
SEATTLE – SeaTac is center stage in a national push for a $15 minimum wage.
In election returns released Tuesday night, voters were approving the measure, 54 percent to 46 percent.
via San Francisco Chronicle:
“This week, the 26-year-old Ware stood in front of a store in Oakland, describing through a bullhorn his solidarity with his “brothers and sisters” – fast-food workers and airport concession workers who also were barely surviving on near minimum-wage jobs, part-time hours and, if they are lucky, health care benefits.
Ware led about a dozen members of his “family” on a peaceful, two-minute walk through the store. They sang the classic Bob Marley tune, “Get Up, Stand Up,” as several store workers on the job furtively shot them thumbs-ups or quick salutes of solidarity.
It was a small sign of how the concerns of low-wage workers began to merge this week in the Bay Area and beyond.”
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New York City, via gothamist.com http://gothamist.com/2013/08/29/fast_food_workers_walk_out_to_fight.php :)
“Fast food workers are walking out on their jobs today to once again protest low wages, demand the right to unionize and fight for better working conditions. The strikes are occurring in 50 cities including New York City, where there are multiple walk-outs plus a rally planned.
The first walkout was at the McDonald’s at 341 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. City Council Speaker and mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn was there, as was City Council Member and Public Advocate hopeful Letitia James. James invoked Martin Luther King Jr., quoting the civil rights leader, “It is a crime for people to live in this rich nation and receive starvation wages.”"
“NEW YORK (Reuters) – Fast-food workers staged strikes at McDonald’s and Burger Kings and demonstrated at other stores in sixty U.S. cities on Thursday in their latest action in a nearly year-long campaign to raise wages in the service sector.
The strikes spread quickly across the country and have shut down restaurants in New York, Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Raleigh and Seattle, according to organizers.”
KTVU San Francisco: http://www.ktvu.com/news/news/local/fast-food-strike/nZf4X/
NBC 5 Dallas- Fort Worth, Texas: http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Dallas-Fast-Food-Workers-Join-Nationwide-Strike-221626461.html
SEATAC, Wash. – A fight to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour in this King County city has taken a major step forward.
On Tuesday night, the SeaTac City Council unanimously voted to place the so-called Good Jobs Initiative up for a public vote, which would bring the new minimum wage to more than $30,000 a year.
The pay raise, if approved by city voters in November, would apply to many hospitality and transportation workers in the city that is home to Sea-Tac International Airport.
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via NY Daily News:
She asked for paper – but all they offered was plastic.
A Pennsylvania woman is now suing the McDonald’s franchise that refused to pay her by check and instead insisted on employees using payroll debit cards.
“I’m looking for the pay I am owed and for them to understand there has to be an option,” Natalie Gunshannon, 27, told the Citizen’s Voice newspaper.
Gunshannon worked less than a month at the Shavertown McDonald’s location when she learned that the franchise required employees to accept payment on a J.P. Morgan Chase payroll card. But the card, she contends, imposes fees on virtually every transaction, creating a monetary and physical barrier to her hard-earned cash. Among the costs, according to her lawsuit: $1.50 for an ATM withdrawal, $5 for over-the-counter cash withdrawals and $1 to check the balance. There’s even a charge to pay a bill online or if the card is lost or stolen.
Gunshannon is one of several plaintiffs in the class action, filed last week, against Albert and Carol Mueller, the owners of 15 McDonald’s stores in Pennsylvania.
Such a payment option has been embraced by large corporations like Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Lowe’s Cos. Inc., The Home Depot and FedEx Corp.
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Fight for $15 and a Union Spreads to Milwaukee as Fast Food Workers Strike in 5th Major U.S. City
Milwaukee fast food workers took action last Wednesday calling attention to poverty wages and poor working conditions. Hundreds of workers from fast food and retail stores including Burger King, McDonald’s, Popeye’s and Dollar Tree walked off the job in solidarity in the fight for $15 an hour and a union.
D15 – Detroit fast food workers strike for $15
Hundreds of workers from McDonald’s, Burger King, Popeyes, Subway and some 50 other restaurants made history Friday by going on the nation’s largest fast food industry strike, asking for a wage increase to $15 an hour and the right to unionize.
The first success came amid a heavy downpour at 6 a.m. at a McDonald’s on Detroit’s east side, where several workers walked off the job and caused the store to close. The action gained more momentum when management called in replacement workers who, unexpectedly, joined the strike line as well. With shouts of “we want our wages supersized” and a passion for the cause, the day would see more than 400 workers across the city at chains such as Popeyes, Long John Silver’s and Subway take part, forcing seven stores to close. Over the course of the day, the action garnered the support of more than 1,000 community leaders, including Congressman John Conyers and State Sen. Bert Johnson.
These employees are being joined by dozens of more fast food workers Thursday across the St. Louis region in a push for higher wages, better working conditions, and the right to form a union without retaliation. A rally in Delmar Loop is planned for Thursday afternoon.
At least 100 people were picketing Thursday morning in front of a Hardee’s restaurant at Wilson and Hampton avenues about 8 a.m.
“Less than two weeks after filing a City of SeaTac initiative that would assure better wages and working conditions for thousands of low-wage SeaTac Airport workers, backers have announced that they have already surpassed the signature threshold.”
The initiative if passed will raise the minimum wage for these 5,000 workers to $15 an hour along with other reforms.
Let’s make every job at Sea-Tac a good job.
Instead their jobs are contracted out to the lowest bidder. Most of these airline contractors pay poverty wages.
Workers across the airport report that benefits, if offered at all, are usually unaffordable for workers bringing home at or near the minimum wage for the long and onerous hours worked. And most of these workers are immigrants that have come from Africa, Asia, and Latin America to pursue a better life in Seattle. Their work is vital to keeping Sea-Tac running and providing good service for the more than 32 million passengers that pass through our airport. They work hard – sometimes holding down two or three jobs.
They deserve to be treated with respect, dignity and to a make a living wage.
“For the past several days, a proposal by an outside group to raise some minimum salaries almost $6 an hour above the state minimum and impose mandatory paid sick leave for transportation and hospitality workers in have caused some concerns in the city.“
“The proposed ordinance would raise minimum wages from the state’s current $9.19 per hour to $15 an hour for all workers defined to be in the hospitality and transportation businesses inside SeaTac.”
PDF of the Initiative:
Chicago Fast Food, Retail Workers Go On Strike For Higher Wages
Photo credit: Ryan L. Williams
Hundreds of retail and fast food workers went on a coordinated strike this morning to call for a living wage of $15 an hour and the right to unionize without interference.
Workers Organizing Committee of Chicago issues new report: A Case for $15:
Workers Organizing Committee of Chicago / Fight for 15 – Lucha por 15 WOCC: https://www.facebook.com/Fightfor15
Fast Food Forward (NYC): https://www.facebook.com/FastFoodForward
Recently hundreds of fast food workers participated in a wildcat strike in New York City to demand $15/dollars per hour. Now it looks like workers in Chicago are going for it as well. We need to Fight for Fifteen in Oakland!
Rampant gentrification and exploitation abounds in Oakland, with stores run by massively profitable corporations thriving off the labor of workers barely making minimum wage or more, but we know we can’t survive in this town on $8/hr. Bring this class tension to the forefront by fighting for a livable wage!
The May Day Fight for Fifteen assembly is planning for and publicizing a noise demo through downtown Oakland on May 1st aka May Day, the traditional holiday to commemorate workers’ struggles.
Fight for 15 – Lucha por 15 WOCC: https://www.facebook.com/Fightfor15 Workers Organizing Committee of Chicago
Fast Food Forward (NYC): https://www.facebook.com/FastFoodForward