Fast Food Workers Strike!
Oh great, now it’s LITERALLY going to take all day to get my food.
New York City fast food workers from McDonald’s, Wendy’s and KFC went on strike Monday, stating that they have the right to unionize and in many cases more than double their salary from $7.25 to $15 an hour.
Protests were held in six other cities like Chicago, St. Louis, and Detroit.
I don’t know about those other cities, but even if your salary more than doubles, $15 an hour MIGHT get you a room in NYC, and the only way an apartment is coming out of that wage is if you get three people living in two bedroom(MAYBE!) so you still might be putting your personal belongings in the living room….or foyer!
Two piece and a biscuit please….I WANT A BREAST!
They’re not lovin’ it.
Hundreds of New York City fast food workers from the likes of McDonald’s, Wendy’s and KFC went on strike Monday, chanting “Hold the burgers hold the fries, make our wages super-sized!”
They shouted that they deserve the right to unionize and $15 hourly wages instead of the minimum wage they currently earn.
“I want for us to be respected. $7.25 is not enough!” said Lisette Ortiz, 27, of Rockaway, who works at a McDonald’s in Downtown Brooklyn.
“I live with my dad. I would like to get my own apartment. You can’t! It’s impossible!”
Her comments echoed scores of mostly part-time burger flippers, pizza deliverymen and fry cooks who gathered at fast food joints in the Bronx, midtown Manhattan, and downtown Brooklyn before a rally of around 300 protesters in Union Square. They said their paychecks simply cannot sustain life in the city.
“I live with my grandma, my aunt, and cousin. I can’t even afford privacy!” said Naquasia LeGrand, 22, of Canarsie, Brooklyn.
“I’m a cashier, I cook, prep, clean — I do it all. It’s just not enough, $7.25, not when milk and eggs are going up!”
She said she relies on $113 a month in welfare, in addition to the $225 she makes from working 38 hours a week at two KFCs.
Councilman Jumaane Williams led a rowdy crowd of 60 that barged into the rear entrance of a Wendy’s in Downtown Brooklyn. Protestors chanted to the workers inside, “We can’t survive on $7.25!” and “Come on out, we got your back!”
Williams presented a manager of the burger joint with a letter demanding any worker who chooses to strike be protected from future reprimand.
Similar protests were held in six other cities like Chicago, St. Louis, and Detroit.
Burger King said in a statement its wages and benefits meet industry standards. The jobs provide “an entry point into the workforce for millions of Americans,” the company said.
Fast food workers are paid on average between $10,000 and $18,000 a year, according to New York Communities for Change.
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Strike action, also called labor strike, on strike, greve (of French: grève), or simply strike, is a work stoppage caused by the mass refusal of employees to work. A strike usually takes place in response to employee grievances. Strikes became important during the Industrial Revolution, when mass labor became important in factories and mines. In most countries, strike actions were quickly made illegal, as factory owners had far more political power than workers. Most western countries partially legalized striking in the late 19th or early 20th centuries.
Strikes are sometimes used to pressure governments to change policies. Occasionally, strikes destabilize the rule of a particular political party or ruler; in such cases, strikes are often part of a broader social movement taking the form of a campaign of civil resistance. A notable example is the 1980 Gdańsk Shipyard strike led by Lech Wałęsa. This strike was significant in the long campaign of civil resistance for political change in Poland, and was an important mobilized effort that contributed to the fall of the Iron Curtain and the end of communist party rule in eastern Europe.[
In the United States
The Railway Labor Act bans strikes by United States airline and railroad employees except in narrowly defined circumstances. The National Labor Relations Act generally permits strikes, but provides a mechanism to enjoin strikes in industries in which a strike would create a national emergency. The federal government most recently invoked these statutory provisions to obtain an injunction requiring the International Longshore and Warehouse Union return to work in 2002 after having been locked out by the employer group, the Pacific Maritime Association.
Some jurisdictions prohibit all strikes by public employees, under laws such as the “Taylor Law” in New York. Other jurisdictions impose strike bans only on certain categories of workers, particularly those regarded as critical to society: police and firefighters are among the groups commonly barred from striking in these jurisdictions. Some states, such as New Jersey, Michigan, Iowa or Florida, do not allow teachers in public schools to strike. Workers have sometimes circumvented these restrictions by falsely claiming inability to work due to illness — this is sometimes called a “sickout” or “blue flu”, the latter receiving its name from the uniforms worn by police officers, who are traditionally prohibited from striking. The term “red flu” has sometimes been used to describe this action when undertaken by firefighters.
Postal workers involved in 1978 wildcat strikes in Jersey City, Kearny, New Jersey, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. were fired under the presidency of Jimmy Carter, and President Ronald Reagan fired air traffic controllers and the PATCO union after the air traffic controllers’ strike of 1981.