Fast Food Workers Strike in National Action for Economic Justice – Aug. 29, 2013

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“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.””

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“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.”

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Workers “Fight for $15” Spreads to Milwaukee, Detroit and St. Louis!

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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

Posted by brittanysmith on May 14, 2013

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.

St. Louis:

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.

Time To Raise the Wage!

via St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

“Some say that increasing minimum wages will cause employers to cut jobs. The truth is that if low-wage workers have more income, they will spend all of it buying goods and services for their families. This will have a multiplier effect, helping to create demand and stimulate job creation. It also produces tax revenue, aiding local, state and federal budgets. Even if it were true that an increase in minimum wages would cost jobs in the economy, the lowest-paid workers would not have to work two and three jobs to make ends meet if they had one job that paid a living wage.”

“Henry Ford recognized the importance of paying his workers well. After struggling with constant turnover in his factory, in 1914 he more than doubled the daily wage from $2.34 to $5. This attracted good workers eager to work. Productivity in the plant increased, and he reduced training costs. It was an extremely profitable strategy, in part because his workers could now afford to buy the cars his company produced.”