Fast Food Workers Break Ground for Unionization
Workers went on strike in every region of the country at major fast-food restaurants including McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s and KFC. The movement continued to spread, with workers walking off their jobs for the first time in Tucson, Ariz.; Minneapolis, Minn., Rochester, N.Y., and Little Rock, Ark. The Rev. William Barber II, president of the North Carolina NAACP; Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn; and local elected officials joined fast-food workers on the strike lines.
“I continue to be inspired by fast-food workers who are risking their own livelihoods for a better future and economy for all of us,” said the Rev. Barber. “Their fight for $15 and union rights is among the most important movements in our country. When fast-food workers win, we all win.”
The strike came just days after President Obama praised the Fight for $15 movement during a Labor Day speech in Milwaukee. “All across the country right now there’s a national movement going on made up of fast-food workers organizing to lift wages so they can provide for their families with pride and dignity,” President Obama said. “You know what, if I were looking for a job that lets me build some security for my family, I’d join a union. 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…I’d want a union looking out for me.”
Our fast food workers are breaking ground to help restore organized labor in this country. They are heroes. Visit StrikeFastFood.Org for breaking news about today’s strike events.