Fast-food workers in 15 cities planning to strike on Friday, demanding higher federal minimum wage
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Workers at popular fast-food restaurants in 15 cities across America are planning to strike on Friday, in the hopes of convincing the incoming Biden administration to prioritize raising the federal minimum wage.
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The strikes, which are being organized by Fight for $15 and a Union, are demanding just that — a $15 hourly minimum wage and the right to unionize without retaliation.
“Fast-food workers are going on strike January 15, on what would be MLK's 92nd birthday, to demand $15/hr and the right to a union! Workers will not back down until everyone makes at least $15!” the campaign wrote on Twitter.
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In addition, Fight for $15 is also urging the Biden administration to ensure racial justice in the communities where fast-food workers are employed, as well as affordable health care. Per its website, the campaign would further like “McDonald’s and other giant employers” to be held accountable for “failure to protect essential workers” amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
“The solution to low pay is clear. By raising the minimum wage to $15, we can benefit nearly 40 million Americans — predominantly women and workers of color — while reducing the racial wealth gap and giving millions of essential workers who put their lives on the line every day a permanent raise,” Fight for $15 writes, citing data from the Brookings Institute and the Economic Policy Institute.
A representative for the Fight for $15 campaign — which is primarily backed by the Service Employees International Union — was not immediately available to confirm which workers, and from which restaurants in which cities, would be participating,
The strikes will be at least partially staged with car caravans or on Zoom, USA Today reported.