[Rushtalk] Farm workers strike over H-2A, pay
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Thu Aug 29 15:09:18 MDT 2013
All so that we can pay 15 bucks for an ordinary quality hamburger. They never learned any econ.
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Fast-food workers strike nationwide in protest against
Hundreds of protesters across the US marched Thursday to demand higher
wages for fast-food workers, forcing the closure of one McDonald's in
Detroit after its employees walked out.
The protests are underway in cities including New York, Boston and
Chicago, and organizers are expecting the biggest national walkouts
A McDonald's restaurant in Detroit closed Thursday morning as workers and
protesters chanted "hey hey, ho ho, $7.40's got to go,"
outside, WJBK reports.
In New York, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn joined about 300 to 400
protesters in a march before flooding inside a McDonald's near the Empire
State Building on Thursday morning. Shortly after the demonstration,
however, the restaurant seemed to be operating normally and a few
customers said they hadn't heard of the movement. The same was true at a
McDonald's a few blocks away.
The lack of awareness among some illustrates the challenge workers face.
Participating workers, who are asking for $15 an hour, still represent a
tiny fraction of the industry. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour,
which works out to about $15,000 a year for full-time employees.
The movement comes amid calls from the White House, some members of
Congress and economists to hike the federal minimum wage. But most
proposals seek a far more modest increase than the one workers are asking
for, with President Barack Obama wanting to boost it to $9 an
In a wide-ranging interview with the Associate Press, Labor Secretary
Thomas Perez said the strikes are another sign of the need to raise the
minimum wage for all workers. He compared the protests to the demands of
demonstrators in the 1963 March on Washington, who sought a national
minimum wage to give workers better living standards.
"For all too many people working minimum wage jobs, the rungs on the
ladder of opportunity are feeling further and further apart," said
Perez, who's taking a lead role in Obama's push to boost the minimum
The Service Employees International Union, which represents more than 2
million works in health care, janitorial and other industries, has been
providing financial support and training for local organizers around the
Organizers say the strikes will hit more than 50 cities on Thursday,
following a series of strikes that began last November in New York City.
The biggest effort so far was over the summer when about 2,200 of the
country's millions of fast-food workers staged a one-day strike in seven
Ryan Carter, a 29-year-old who was walking out of the McDonald's where
workers demonstrated on Thursday, said he "absolutely"
supported workers demand for higher wages.
"They work harder than the billionaires in this city," he said.
But Carter, who was holding a cup of the chain's coffee he bought for $1,
said he didn't plan to stop his regular trips to McDonald's.
McDonald's Corp. and Burger King Worldwide Inc. say they don't make
decisions about pay for the independent franchisees that operate the
majority of their U.S. restaurants. Wendy's and Yum Brands Inc., which
owns KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, did not respond to requests for
Workers were also expected to walk off their jobs in cities including
Atlanta, Boston, Hartford, Conn., Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Many
targeted restaurants will likely be able to stay open, however. The
strikes were announced earlier, giving managers time to adjust staffing
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/08/29/fast-food-workers-to-strike-nationwide-over-wages/#ixzz2dO8kYR5K
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