Fast-Food Workers Back on the Job
After an unprecedented worker strike yesterday, workers returned to work with local support
After workers at dozens of New York City fast-food joints walked out of their jobs yesterday to bring attention to their minimum wage pay and inability to form a union, workers returned to the jobs starting at 6 a.m. this morning.
"There were dozens of clergy and leaders who walked the workers back to work this morning," a representative told us. "So far most of them have gone smoothly."
By law, the restaurants had to take the workers back after the strike; a Wendy's in Brooklyn fired a worker earlier this morning, but after community support and protest, the worker is back on the job.
The protestors are fighting for $15 an hour instead of the current minimum wage of $7.25. Workers at McDonald's, Burger King, Papa John's, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, KFC, Wendy's, and Domino's participated. The movement, called Fast Food Forward, hopes parties supporting them will sign a petition to raise wages and gain rights, such as the right to form a union.