Fast-Food Worker Strikes Coming to Los Angeles

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LOS ANGELES — The fight for higher fast-food wages is coming to Los Angeles.


More than 20 workers walking off the job at the McDonald’s at 341 5th Ave. in New York City.
( 29, 2013)

Just a few days before Labor Day, restaurant workers plan to walk off the job at big-name chains around Southern California to demand $15-an-hour pay, according to organizers.

The protests, part of a nationwide day of strikes called for Aug. 29, would be the latest in a series of one-day, rolling walkouts that have occurred in major cities in recent weeks. Workers have picketed McDonald’s, KFC and Taco Bell and other restaurants during peak mealtimes to demand better pay and the right to organize.

Bankrolled by the Service Employees International Union in concert with community groups, the protests are focusing attention on a group of low-income workers whose numbers are growing fast. They are also part of a drive to pressure Congress to raise the federal minimum wage of $7.25, which has not increased in four years. President Obama has supported an effort to raise the minimum wage to $9.

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  • esco

    What would happen with $15 an hour is only two people would be behind the counter and customer service would go out the window. And (if) they got what they wanted everyone would leave their j0b and work fast food. $15 an hour isn't happen!ng.

      • esco

        Corporations don't like be!ng pushed around, just ask an ex-union Hostess employee. They sh0t themselves in the foot real good on that and I don't see the union stamp on their new company product boxes anymore. It's a free country and if the fast food folks don't like their pay they're free to look for higher wages elsewhere. It's called
        "the persuit of happiness".

  • dailydebacle

    If they go on strike they're showi.n.g why they're minimum wage earners to begin with….dumb. BTW, unions aren't relevant in this day and age and they continue to demonstrate why.

  • Valerie

    You were wrong our min wage in Ontario Canada is $10.25 an hour.and people can barely get by on that, our costs are higher and we pay 13% tax on almost all purchases.

    • esco

      Literally, these employees also skim meals off the top for themselves, how much money is lost there?

      And also, the stories we see with employees l!ck!ng a stack of taco shells and drink!ng from the ice cream dispenser doesn't help either.

      • Rogue1

        Years ago my wife and I owned a national fast food franchise. One day we found an employee load.i.n.g cases of frozen meat and cans of condiments into his car. Stupid didn't know there were 3 LASD deputies in the din.i.n.g room. We asked for their help, which they happily provided. As Stupid was bei.n.g put into a patrol car, he cussed at us say.i.n,g he was owed these items because we paid so little and we totally weren't cool for ratt.i.n.g him to the cops. The same mindset exists today.