Major Fast-Food Workers’ Wage Strike Across 150 US Cities Planned for December 4
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Fast-food workers across the United States will once again execute an organized walkout on December 4 in order to demand a minimum wage of $15 and the right to form a union, reports Al Jazeera America.
The strike date was reportedly agreed upon during a November 25 conference call, and is the latest call to action in two years’ worth of protests against the low wages within the fast-food industry, which workers have long contended are far below the livable minimum.
In September, 21 individuals in New York City were arrested during peaceful demonstrations for higher wages; in Detroit, more than 50 workers were arrested.
Thousands of workers from major fast food companies including McDonald’s, Burger King, Pizza Hut, KFC, and Wendy’s are expected to participate, with support from the NAACP and home healthcare and airport service workers, who have organized similar campaigns.
President Obama himself has also voiced support for fast food wage walkouts, stating during an appearance in Milwaukee, "If I were busting my butt in the service industry and wanted an honest day's pay for an honest day's work, I'd join a union."
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