On Tuesday, McDonald’s workers throughout the U.S. protested the
corporation’s unsafe working conditions, claiming they were instructed
to treat workplace burns with condiments like mustard and mayonnaise.
The protests come after McDonald’s workers announced Monday that they’ve
filed 28 health and safety complaints in nearly 20 cities against the
company. Read more.
The Biggest Fast Food Strike in History Was About More Than a $15 Minimum Wage
Just after 6 AM on Wednesday morning, hundreds of protesters flooded onto one of Brooklyn’s busier intersections outside a McDonald’s, chanting and marching for $15-an-hour wages. It was the first of a daylong series of demonstrations against low wages that organizers were calling “the most widespread mobilization ever by US workers seeking higher pay"—a mass coordinated action that was expected to spread across more than 200 US cities and include some 60,000 demonstrators.
It was the largest effort yet for the campaign known as Fight for $15 , which began in 2012 with a fast-food employees strike in New York City and has since expanded into a broader economic justice protest movement, encompassing a range of low-wage workers, from Walmart cashiers to home health care aides and adjunct professors at universities. In the last three years, the crusade has picked up momentum globally, backed by millions of dollars from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), one of America’s largest labor unions.
ON MAY 15 THE LOW WAGE WORKER STRUGGLE IS GOING GLOBAL
THIS IS A CALL FOR SOLIDARITY WITH THE GLOBAL FAST FOOD WORKERS STRIKE!
On May 15, fast food workers across the world – in more than 150 U.S. cities, and 33 countries - will hold the first and largest strike/protest for a living wage of $15 and the right to organize.
COME OUT & STAND UP for the rights and dignity of LOW-WAGE WORKERS!
This affects all of us! Whether you have a job or are jobless; whether you are a student or retired person; a member of a union or have no union. The majority of working people in this country make less than $15 an hour which means that thousands upon thousands of workers live either in poverty or close to the edge – while the corporate elites, the 1% are reporting billions in profits.
Philadelphia: Striking low-wage workers march for $15 and a union, September 4, 2014.
Eleven Philadelphia fast food workers and home health care workers were arrested as part of a national protest in 150 cities on Sep 7. Over 100 protesters marched a mile from a McDonald’s at Broad and Girard to a second McD at Broad and Arch, chanting and holding signs demanding “$15 and a union”. The rally ended with the arrest of 11 workers who refused to get off the street despite police orders.
We know that #McDonald’s sets rigorous operating standards for its franchisees, from menus, to uniforms to employment practices. And we know that they monitor and enforce those standards at the corporate level. So when these practices appear to break the law, accountability should start at the top.
Michael Wasser, policy analyst at the worker group Jobs with Justice,