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Fast-food workers are planning a global strike for better pay and working conditions, with actions set to take place in 150 U.S. cities and 32 other countries in a bid to exert pressure on multinational companies.
Strikes are planned for May 15 across five continents in countries including Morocco, Japan, India, Belgium, Germany, Brazil, Argentina and New Zealand, where workers will stage a protest at the McDonald’s headquarters in Auckland, according to a statement by activist group Fast Food Forward. Other strikes will target Burger King, Wendy’s and KFC.
The actions were announced Wednesday in Manhattan, New York, at a meeting during which fast-food workers and union leaders detailed how they intended to expand a movement that began with a walkout in November 2012. On that occasion, some 200 workers went on strike in New York City, demanding a pay increase of $15 per hour and the right to unionize without retaliation.
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7000 signatures by May 1st and 14,000 votes on November 4th is all it takes to raise the Minimum Wage in Davis, CA to $15. We can do this.
To raise the minimum wage in Davis to $15.
The death of Nelson Mandela understandably overtook the news on Dec. 5. But there was another story unfolding that day, a story that were he still alive and well would have struck a chord deep inside him, where the passion for social justice burned so bright and long.
From Miami to Tampa and more than 100 other cities nationwide, people who toil away for awful pay in fast-food restaurants walked off the job and were joined by supporters in peaceful public protests.
As with nationwide Walmart employee walkouts on Black Friday, fast-food workers were protesting pay so low they can’t meet their families’ basic needs, while industry giants such as McDonald’s make billions.
In addition to putting lipstick on a pig, these companies have accomplished something more darkly dangerous.
They’ve driven a wedge between middle-class and poor workers who desperately need to be allies.
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About this campaign
Fast-food workers are coming together all over the country to fight for $15 an hour and the right to form a union without retaliation. We work for corporations that are making tremendous profits, but do not pay employees enough to support our families and to cover basic needs like food, health care, rent and transportation. Too many of us are forced to rely on public assistance to scrape by.
These are billion-dollar companies that can afford to pay their employees better. Low-wage jobs are the fastest growing jobs in the nation, and they need to pay more so that workers like us can make ends meet, and so that we can rebuild the middle class and get the economy working again.
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Published on Oct 24, 2013
The first minimum wage law was passed in America over 75 years ago. On a chilly Wednesday afternoon, October 24th, a rally and “speak out” protest, supported by social justice activists, was held at McKeldin Square, in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor area to mark that anniversary. A campaign is currently underway in Maryland, and across the country, too, to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. To learn more about this laudable effort, go to “National Workers Demand a Pay Raise,” at: https://www.facebook.com/events/15487… and “Peoples Power Assemblies” at: https://www.facebook.com/PeoplesPower… Speaking on camera are activists Barbara Bridges, Marvin “Doc” Cheatham, Crystal Richardson and Beth Emmerling. Sharon Black helped to organize the rally and served as the moderator of the program. Cheatham is running for the House of Delegates in the 40th legislative district. He said that if he wins one of the first Bills that he will introduce will be one to “raise the minimum wage – a living wage – in Maryland” and another to ensure “equal pay for equal work for women.”