Seeking to increase pressure on McDonald’s, Wendy’s and other fast-food restaurants, organizers of a movement demanding a $15-an-hour wage for fast-food workers say they will sponsor one-day strikes in 100 cities on Thursday and protest activities in 100 additional cities.
As the movement struggles to find pressure points in its quest for substantially higher wages for workers, organizers said strikes were planned for the first time in cities like Charleston, S.C.; Providence, R.I.; and Pittsburgh.
The protests have expanded greatly since November 2012, when 200 fast-food workers engaged in a one-day strike at more than 20 restaurants in New York City, the first such walkout in the history of the nation’s fast-food industry.
“There’s been pretty huge growth in one year,” said Kendall Fells, one of the movement’s main organizers. “People understand that a one-day strike is not going to get them there. They understand that this needs to continue to grow.”
The movement, which includes the groups Fast Food Forward and Fight for 15, is part of a growing union-backed effort by low-paid workers — including many Walmart workers and workers for federal contractors — that seeks to focus attention on what the groups say are inadequate wages.
The fast-food effort is backed by the Service Employees International Union and is also demanding that restaurants allow workers to unionize without the threat of retaliation.
Fast Food workers are being used as pawns by Unions, and if they were to win this fight, it would be the ultimate in Pyrrhic victories, leading to mass lay-offs of workers in favor of automated order-taking and other jobs.
Between Obamacare’s insane mandates and the push for a $15 minimum wage we’re really trying to destroy the American job market for those at the lower-end of the scale.
Behind both moves are clueless Progressives who couldn’t keep a business going if their life depended on it. Gosh, what I would give to force Barack Obama, Paul Krugman, and others of their ilk to run a business for a year. If they were still operating in 12 months I would be shocked.