fast food workers protest


The people who worked for Trump’s labor secretary pick are in the streets opposing him

  • In 24 cities on Monday, fast food workers took to the streets, hung banners from the tops of buildings and even shut down a corporate office in St. Louis. 
  • They had one simple goal: to stop Trump from making fast food CEO Andrew Puzder the top government official for protecting workers’ rights.
  • Puzder serves as the CEO of CKE Restaurants, the umbrella company that owns Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. burger chains.
  • Less than a month ago, cooks and cashiers filed 33 legal complaints against CKE. One complaint says that the company surveilled employees and sent out intimidating memos warning them not to speak to the press. 
  • One woman fought off advances from a manager who, after he was rejected, allegedly told her, “If you don’t start giving me what I want, I’m going to have to start taking it from you.” Read more (2/13/17 8:12 PM)

In support of US fast food workers and their right to a fair wage AND to protest, here’s some McDonalds illos. 

“Heil Ronald,” illo for NYPress, July1996, art direction by Michael Gentile.

Cover for SCREW #1425, June 1996, art direction by Kevin Hein.

“McRib Has No Bones,” illo for The ONION, Feb 2009, art direction by Josh Modell.

“Fast Food Wig Out” illo for BLACK EYE #2, Nov 2012, edited by Ryan Standfest. 

“Third World Ronald,” illo for NYPress, November 1996, art direction by Michael Gentile.

“Radioactive Ronald,” illo for NYPress, December 1996, art direction by Michael Gentile.
Fight for 15 plans 'most disruptive' wage protest and strike after Thanksgiving
Thousands of low-wage airport and fast-food workers across US plan to protest on fourth anniversary of first major action in light of Trump’s election victory
By Sam Thielman

Tens of thousands of low-wage workers will protest at 20 different airports including Chicago’s O’Hare international airport and New Jersey’s Newark Liberty on 29 November, according to organizers from the group Fight for 15.

In addition to the strike at airports, fast-food workers, home care and childcare workers also plan to protest as part of the Fight for $15 movement calling for a $15-an-hour minimum wage and union rights.

Terrence Wise, a McDonald’s worker from Kansas City, Missouri, said Donald Trump’s election had reaffirmed the group’s determination to push for change. “We reject sexism and racism and we will not allow our friends and family members to be deported,” Wise said. “This will not happen.”

“On November 29 we will wage our most disruptive strike and protest ever,” Wise said.

Looks like J20 might be coming slightly earlier.

Today, Secretary Clinton will be honored in her role in the fight for a $15/hr minimum wage in New York with Governor Cuomo. Reminder that her platform calls only for a federal $12/hr minimum wage, as $15 is “too high in low-wage states.” It doesn’t mean she doesn’t deserve to celebrate, it’s just good to remember that Secretary Clinton HAS NEVER been a part of the fight for a federal $15/hr minimum wage, so for her to take credit for it would be ridiculous.

Sanders, on the other hand, was in the streets with the fast food workers protesting for a $15/hr minimum wage. He has fought for a fair minimum wage for decades.

Stay woke.

This is Roger Aragon, a home healthcare worker who makes minimum wage

I’m here to support everybody who isn’t getting paid what they’re worth. This is important not just for the groups represented here but anyone making minimum wage.

Let’s be honest the minimum wage has not been able to keep up with the cost of living for a very long time and it’s about time we get this straightened out. 

It’s not about getting paid extra, it’s about making sure we get out of poverty.

I am not from LA, I’m part of the delegations from the high desert but it’s the same story.

The Fight for 15 isn’t just for fast food workers. Sign the petition to raise the minimum wage.


Fast Food Protests Heat Up

Protesters clamoring for higher fast-food wages were arrested for blocking traffic during nationwide demonstrations, part of an effort by labor organizers to raise the profile of a movement that began in 2012.
At a McDonald’s Corp. restaurant in Times Square, at least 19 people were arrested, including 14 men and five women, the New York Police Department said. Protesters were taken into custody for disorderly conduct when they blocked vehicles in front of the 42nd Street restaurant, Officer Arlene Muniz said.

The arrests were a coordinated strategy to escalate the campaign, said Kendall Fells, an organizing director with Fast Food Forward in New York. Rallies demanding a $15-an-hour wage for fast-food workers were planned in 150 U.S. cities today in what may be the largest labor action since the demonstrations began almost two years 
Photographer: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg
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There was this boy, 11 years old, whose mom was a fast food worker at the protest,” said Slack, an energetic speaker whose face is half glasses and half beard. “I said, Hey, did you do a picture yet? He said, ‘No, I was too short.’ I said, Can I lift you up? He said, 'Yeah! Mom, you be Katniss, I’ll be Peeta.’ His mom is his hero, and suddenly this connection is being made: My mom is like Katniss Everdeen. And other people are validating that.
—  From Bloomberg’s piece on our Odds In Our Favor campaign.

Tomorrow at Fast Food Restaurants is Going to be Interesting…

Fast food workers attracted attention in December for staging a similar, nationwide protest. The issue of low wage work has been in the spotlight this week after a University of California, Berkeley study found that low-wage workers receive an estimated $127.8 billion per year in federal aid and $25 billion in state aid.