Largest Fast Food Workers Strike Hits Seven Cities Across US

Fast food workers on strike Monday at McDonald’s near Yankee Stadium in NYC. Thousands of fast food workers went on strike in branches across seven U.S. cities on Monday in what could be the largest strike of its kind in U.S. history.

The workers are protesting unlivable wages and are calling for a nationwide living wage of $15 dollars an hour. “A lot of the workers are living in poverty, you know, not being able to afford to put food on the table or take the train to work,” said Jonathan Westin, director of Fast Food Forward, who has been organizing fast-food workers in New York City.

On Monday morning walkouts began in branches of McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC, Domino’s, Wendy’s and other restaurants across Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee, St Louis, Kansas City, and Flint, Michigan, as well as New York City.

A large rally is now expected at New York’s Union Square at 2pm. “The workers are striking over the fact that they can’t continue to maintain their families on the wages they’re being paid in the fast food industry,” said Westin.

The average fast food worker in New York makes $8.25 per hour, with $11,000 being the national yearly average while the national minimum wage remains at a staggering $7.25.
According to Fast Food Forward, fast food workers in New York City only make 25% of the money they need to survive. Meanwhile the average daily salary of the CEOs of those same fast food chains amounts to $25,000 per day on average—over two times what the average worker makes in one year.

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Comment by 14300 on August 4, 2013 at 10:03am

Tara - You are exactly right.  I worked for one of the major credit card companies and we had great salaries and benefits untilyou worked for 10 years.  Then they started making your life a living hell and you were forced to quit.  I watched them do this to a number of really good employees who were forced to quit and then they started on me.  I hear now that they hired all East Indians and brought them over from India and pay them only $10.00/hour with no other benefits.  But the CEO still gives himself a 5 million dollar bonus and his salary is equally ridiculous. 

Comment by Wolf on July 30, 2013 at 9:38am
The labor union ended the day the Vietnam War ended. End of war, end of anger. Yet we are now in a perpetual state of war.

They scammed people into thinking that the unions are nothing. Unions are nothing more than a huge group of angry people coming together. Use to be $800 per month provided a good life for families.

The mob allowed the system to work. The mob was the rules and regulations. No mob, no union, no rules, no regulation. Without the mob there is no constitution, no democracy, no capitalism.

It is time for MOBS of angry people to unite to push back, perhaps go old school on the management who sales out the people the workers. Back then you did not need attorneys the mob took care of issues.

No more pussyfooting around, it is time to push back or just continue taking the crap that "management" is willing to enforce on people who are afraid. Time to turn the tables. It worked then and it will work again.
Comment by scotty michele brown on July 30, 2013 at 2:15am

@Tara - I agree with all of your comments. I will say that all those fast food joints closing forever would be a good thing. Maybe then the people would start bringing wholesome food for their lunch breaks, and actually cook a decent meal at night. It would probably be cheaper. The last time I ate a Whopper, fries, and soft drink the price was outrageous. That was a long time ago. No telling what it is now.

Comment by Maria De Wind on July 30, 2013 at 1:26am

Comment by Tara on July 30, 2013 at 1:03am

And then you wonder why so many kids these days, especially in the inners cities opt for selling drugs. It's mostly out of desperation and feeling there is no other way out.

The system is so fooked!

Working for most corporations is just another form of slavery to the system and you're going to be running around in circles trying to make ends meet.

Welcome to Amerika Incorporated!

 

Comment by Tara on July 30, 2013 at 12:44am

I've worked for a few corporations and I know from experience that once you climb up the ladder in the company and start making more money, that is when they start making it even more miserable for you.

Think about it... you work for them 20 years or more and you are making a decent wage with benefits, 401 K matching, etcetera... no, no, no... they can't have that. That is when the boot comes down and kicks you in the arse. 

Make it miserable, especially for long time employee's within the company... so miserable that they want to leave. And then they can hire on newbie's for 7 bucks an hour. Turnover...turnover and more turnover. It makes the fat cats at the top of the heap richer by the hour. 

Comment by Nobody Will Observe on July 30, 2013 at 12:31am

I think that is why Unions started in the first place. For all the reasons Tara outlined.

Look up: Ludlow Massacre

Comment by Tara on July 30, 2013 at 12:15am

$15.00 dollars an hour??? I respect everything these people striking are trying to do but they're living in delusional land if they think they will ever see pay raises like that. Big corporations don't care about the slaves they hire to do the grunt work in their businesses.

And if you don't like it they'll just hire another slave to fill your job or better yet, make it so miserable where you work that you end up quitting out of pure frustration and mental, emotional and physical exhaustion.

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