Thousands of Fast-Food Workers Plan National Strike

More than 60,000 fast-food workers plan to strike nationwide for $15/hour wages, better working conditions, and freedom to organize without interference or consequences from employers.

On tax day, April 15th 2015, more than 2,000 groups in 200 cities, including McDonald’s workers, Burger King workers, and KFC workers, will walk out and join the picket line to FightFor15. There will be sympathy strikes internationally and protests at more than 170 college campuses. Social movements like “Black Lives Matter” groups have joined the fight as well.

Baggage handlers at Philadelphia international airport have already staged a walk out and strike on April 2 to fight to change their wage from $7.25/hour to the $15 living wage.

Targeted companies like McDonalds and Wal-Mart have already agreed to change their wages for low-wage workers to $9/hour or slightly more. However, McDonalds only agreed to increase pay for workers at company-owned restaurants.

“Every time we do this, more workers get in the fight,” said Blanca Gonzalez an employee at McDonald’s in south Minneapolis. “We’re going to stay in the fight, and we’re not going to stop until we make $15 per hour.” The main goals of the April 15th protest are to gain higher wages, union rights, and racial justice, say organizers of the protest.

Source: PAI