Fast-food workers to strike tomorrow in NYC and beyond

The walkout in support of adequate wages for fast-food workers will expand to 100 cities, with protests in 100 more cities—a first in the nation

             McDonald's in Times Square

McDonald's in Times Square Photograph: Sallicio / Wikimedia Commons

A little more than a year after their first strike, New York City fast-food workers will walk off their jobs tomorrow, joining a 100-city movement across the U.S. Additional protests will take place in 100 other cities. The campaign is to protest low wages and demand a $15-an-hour rate for employees of the industry, who make around the federal minimum wage of $7.25.

The organized labor movement, which is backed by groups such as Fight for 15 and Fast Food Forward, began with a rally at a single McDonald's in New York City last November—and is now expanding to impact cities from Charleston to Seattle. So far, protests and walkouts have failed to bring about substantial changes for low-wage workers at Burger King, Wendy's and other fast-food giants.

However, the movement is garnering national attention: On November 28, The New York Times published a fascinating and eye-opening profile of Eduardo Shoy, one of 55,000 fast-food workers in New York City. The Queens resident barely gets by on the income he makes from three jobs, two of which are as a deliveryman at KFC and Pizza Hut. Also, McDonald's recently came under fire for advising its underpaid employees to sell their extra stuff on Craigslist for extra cash and cut their meals into tiny bites to feel fuller on less, via its McResources employee portal (seriously).

Tomorrow's local protest will include a mass rally in Foley Square at 4:30pm. For more information on the event and to support the national strike, visit Low Pay Is Not OK.

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