On Strike

NYC Fast Food Workers Fight for Fair Wages

Yesterday, fast food workers in New York walked off the job as part of their campaign for fair wages and the right to form a union. ThinkProgress’ Travis Waldron reported on their effort yesterday:

The strike was organized by Fast Food Forward, the group that also led the November walkout, and inspired by Memphis sanitation workers who went on strike with Dr. Martin Luther King in 1968. The strike is occurring on the 45th anniversary of King’s assassination during those organizing efforts.

In a letter to workers and supporters, the group said many of its members are living on food stamps or in homeless shelters even as profits continue to rise for low-wage fast food employers. “We’re on strike today because we can’t survive on $7.25. Higher wages will help us raise our families with dignity but will also help lift our entire economy. More money in the hands of workers means more money spent in local shops and a boost for our community,” the letter says.

Profits at low-wage food employers have indeed grown rapidly since the recession, as this chart from the National Employment Law Project shows:

Here’s some snaps of the workers’ standing up for their rights and a fair economy:

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