Fast food might not be so fast on Monday as seven cities across America are facing a strike by workers demanding higher wages.
The Washington Post reports that the list of confirmed cities where workers at McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s and KFC are expected to walk off their jobs includes:
- New York
- St. Louis
- Kansas City
- Flint, Michigan
This is the latest organized action by fast food workers trying to force employers to increase both pay and hours of entry-level workers. They have a Facebook page for the movement, Fast Food Forward, and also link to an anonymous action page that encourages people to sign their online petition (after which you will be contacted by an organizer to give you instructions on how to participate).
The form requests your email, first name, zip code and cell phone number (to send you text updates on where to protest).
TheBlaze unsuccessfully attempted to learn who was behind the website that is gathering data on possible protesters. The domain name (action.fastfoodforward.org) does not list who owns or has registered the name. However, a search did show that the domain name is attached to 200 other sites.
The massive service workers union SIEU is again supporting the efforts of the strikers. Union President Mary Lou Henry told the Washington Post:
“SEIU members, like all service-sector workers, are worse off when large fast-food and retail companies are able to hold down wages and push down benefit standards for working people.”
NYC’s Union Square Park, a location ringed with fast food outlets, will host a rally at 2:45pm.
The last fast food protest happened on March 4 of this year, the 45th anniversary of the killing of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. SEIU was also supportive of the earlier protest, offering photos for posting on Facebook pages and directing people to tweet support and photos of striking workers using the hash tag #fastfoodfwd. Early Monday morning tweets began appearing:
With large two cities facing a fast food walkout (Flint and Detroit), news outlets in Michigan are concerned that the strike could also spread to other businesses. MLive.com reports that retail workers at national chains like Macy’s, Victoria’s Secret and the discount store Dollar Tree might also be walking out in solidarity.
Following the initial round of walk outs, there have been reports of small concessions in the form wage increases, but fast food workers in New York are demanding a minimum wage increase to $15 per hour — virtually a 100% increase.
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