Fast-food workers at dozens of chains in NYC are walking out today in what is the first step in the “biggest effort to unionize fast-food workers ever undertaken in the United States.” They are demanding a raise from near-minimum wages to $15 an hour and the right to form a union. The walk-out–which includes McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Domino’s, Taco Bell and others–is the first-ever multi-restaurant strike by fast-food workers in the country.
The median hourly wage for food service and prep workers is a $8.90 an hour in NYC. And it’s not like these workers are just teenagers hoping for some extra cash; the median age is over 28. Women make up two-thirds of the industry, and tend to be even older. (So, yet again, it’s lots of women and their families getting screwed over in low-wage jobs with few labor protections.)
“They’re not paying us enough to survive,” said one McDonald’s worker who makes $8.75 an hour and works two other jobs as well. And if you’ve ever lived in NYC, you’ll have no at all trouble believing that.
Support the workers by signing the petition here.
Photo via Sarah Jaffe.
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