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Fast-food employees will strike across the country on Friday to demand a $15 minimum wage and the right to unionize


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Fast-food workers in at least 15 US cities are planning to strike on Friday to demand an increase in the federal minimum to $15 an hour and for the right to unionize, according to a press release by Fight for 15 and Union, an international movement of workers advocating for better wages. 

The organization has been staging walkouts since 2012 to advocate for an increase in the minimum wage and is supported by the Service Employees International Union. 

Fast-food workers are going on strike January 15, on what would be MLK’s 92nd birthday, to demand $15/hr and the right to a union! Workers will not back down until everyone makes at least $15! #FightFor15 https://t.co/pPgSODMEph pic.twitter.com/c7a5rxkvHg

— Fight For 15 (@fightfor15) January 13, 2021

Workers at big corporations such as McDonald’s and Wendy’s will participate by either staying or walking off the job on what would have been Martin Luther King Jr’s 92 nd birthday on January 15, the group said. 

The striking workers, from cities including Detroit, Durham, and Kansas City, will call on big corporations like McDonald’s to raise pay to $15 per hour. Workers in cities like Chicago and Los Angeles where the minimum wage has been boosted to $15 per hour will strike to demand all workers be paid that wage. They’ll also challenge the incoming Biden-Harris administration to raise the federal minimum wage — stuck at $7.25 for more than 10 years — to $15 in its first 100 days.

The strike will include car caravans and strike lines staged on Zoom across Chicago, Charleston, Detroit, Durham, Flint, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Milwaukee, Memphis, Oakland, Orlando, Sacramento, St. Louis, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa.

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The group said that since 2012 the movement has won $70 billion in raises for over 27 million workers and successfully helped pass $15 per hour minimum wage laws in eight states.

“I’m striking today to carry on Martin Luther King Jr.’s fight for racial and economic justice in this country, which means every working person earns a living wage and has a job with dignity,” said Karoshi Ma nns, a Memphis McDonald’s worker, according to the group’s statement. “Right now, I only make $10/hr at McDonald’s, which isn’t enough to pay the bills or support my family.”

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On Tuesday, President-elect Joe Biden said in a tweet that he hopes the House and Senate will act promptly in passing federal legislationto enact at least a $15 per hour wage. 

It’s long past time to raise the minimum wage, so hardworking people earn at least $15 an hour.

I hope that Democratic control of the House and Senate will ensure prompt action to get it done.

— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) January 12, 2021

 

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Source:: Business Insider

      

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