Image Source: New York Times
BY KERRY LEARY

Several fast-food workers walked off the job in New York Thursday. Here’s WNYW with more details.

“Hundreds of workers at popular fast food restaurants are threatening to go on strike this morning. It is a food fight over wages, will they join the unions? That is the question.

WWMT reports employees are looking for a raise—up to $15 and hour.

“And they want to form a union without interference. It's estimated the fast food business brings in 200 billion a year... the employees say they earn minimum wage and are on welfare.”

The campaign is known as “fast food forward” and its believed to be the nation’s biggest drive ever to unionize fast food workers. The New York Times reports:

“The first walkout took place at 6:30 a.m. at a McDonald’s at Madison Avenue and 40th Street, where several dozen striking workers and supporters chanted: ‘Hey, hey, what do you say? We demand fair pay.’ An organizer of the unionizing campaign said that 14 of the 17 employees scheduled to work the morning shift had gone on strike.”

The workers’ efforts are backed by community and civil rights groups, as well as religious leaders and a labor union. Salon Magazine spoke with one of the workers.

“Lopez, a 21-year-old who’s been at McDonald’s for two years, said he makes $8.75 an hour as a shift manager ... He works at McDonald’s and at two other jobs – catering and doing leaf work – while paying off student loans, pursuing an acting career, and helping to support his family.”

ThinkProgress suggests workers have every right to be upset, citing a report released this year that shows some of the largest employers of low-wage workers are making huge profits.

But the International Business Times reports, the fast food workers have an uphill battle as they’re fighting against large corporations. Striking employees risk losing a contract with the national restaurant chain.

New York Fast Food Employees Strike, Want Higher Pay

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Nov 29, 2012

New York Fast Food Employees Strike, Want Higher Pay

 

Image Source: New York Times
BY KERRY LEARY

Several fast-food workers walked off the job in New York Thursday. Here’s WNYW with more details.

“Hundreds of workers at popular fast food restaurants are threatening to go on strike this morning. It is a food fight over wages, will they join the unions? That is the question.

WWMT reports employees are looking for a raise—up to $15 and hour.

“And they want to form a union without interference. It's estimated the fast food business brings in 200 billion a year... the employees say they earn minimum wage and are on welfare.”

The campaign is known as “fast food forward” and its believed to be the nation’s biggest drive ever to unionize fast food workers. The New York Times reports:

“The first walkout took place at 6:30 a.m. at a McDonald’s at Madison Avenue and 40th Street, where several dozen striking workers and supporters chanted: ‘Hey, hey, what do you say? We demand fair pay.’ An organizer of the unionizing campaign said that 14 of the 17 employees scheduled to work the morning shift had gone on strike.”

The workers’ efforts are backed by community and civil rights groups, as well as religious leaders and a labor union. Salon Magazine spoke with one of the workers.

“Lopez, a 21-year-old who’s been at McDonald’s for two years, said he makes $8.75 an hour as a shift manager ... He works at McDonald’s and at two other jobs – catering and doing leaf work – while paying off student loans, pursuing an acting career, and helping to support his family.”

ThinkProgress suggests workers have every right to be upset, citing a report released this year that shows some of the largest employers of low-wage workers are making huge profits.

But the International Business Times reports, the fast food workers have an uphill battle as they’re fighting against large corporations. Striking employees risk losing a contract with the national restaurant chain.

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