Fast Food Workers Will Serve Up Massive Minimum Wage Protests This Thursday
The next round of protests from fast food workers will take place on Thursday, when people in more than 100 cities will stage sit ins or walk off the job as they seek a $15 minimum wage.
The next round of protests from fast food workers will take place on Thursday, when people in more than 100 cities will stage sit-ins or walk off the job as they seek a $15 minimum wage. “On Thursday, we are prepared to take arrests to show our commitment to the growing fight for $15,” Terrence Wise, a Burger King employee and a member of the fast-food workers’ national organizing committee, told The New York Times.
The strike is the latest in the Service Employees International Union's two-year effort to pressure lawmakers and employers to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, up from $7.25. During a nationwide protest held May 15, workers in several countries across the world protested in solidarity. And unlike past protests, unions are also encouraging the nation's 2 million home-care workers to participate in the day's protests to put more pressure on cities.
On Labor Day, President Obama renewed his support for a raise in the minimum wage — to $10.10 an hour. At an event hosted by the A.F.L.-C.I.O. Obama said that American workers deserve a raise and, if he was a fast food worker and “wanted an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work, I’d join a union.”