AFL-CIO Blog – Fair Wages Not Part of Value Menu: Fast Food Workers Set to Strike

Article by Mike Hall

Low-wage workers in seven cities Monday will walk off their jobs in several prominent fast food chains and retail outlets to demand a living wage, the right to form unions and an end to what they say are unfair labor practices.

The strike will come on the heels of a new report released by the National Employment Law Project (NELP). The report says although companies claim these low-wage jobs are a step toward good careers, opportunities to advance are limited for front-line workers in the fast-food industry.

The walkouts will take place in Chicago, Detroit, Flint, Mich., Kansas City, Mo., Milwaukee, New York City and St. Louis, and will include workers from McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s and KFC and from retail stores like Macy’s, Victoria’s Secret and Dollar Tree.

“When you make minimum wage, you don’t have a heck of a lot to lose by speaking out, but remaining silent is not an option because it’s nearly impossible to survive on $7.25 an hour.”

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