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New York (The Gaslamp Post) – Workers at a NYC McDonalds have decided that they cannot live on the mere $7.25 an hour wage, and have chosen to strike. They are now demanding a living wage of $15.00 an hour.
A new campaign called “Fast Food Forward” is aimed at bringing up the hourly wage for city-wide fast food workers. They are also fighting for the right to join a union.
MCDONALDS REPRESENTATIVES AT THE SCENE DECLINED TO COMMENT, BUT PROVIDED FSRN WITH A WRITTEN STATEMENT THAT SAID THE FRANCHISE VALUES ITS EMPLOYEES AND WELCOMES THEIR CONCERNS OR FEEDBACK. IN ADDITION TO PICKETS AND STRIKES AT TWO OTHER MCDONALDS LOCATIONS IN HARLEM AND TIMES SQUARE, ACTIONS ALSO TOOK PLACE AT A PENN STATION BURGER KING AND TWO KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKENS IN BROOKLYN.
THE FAST FOOD FORWARD CAMPAIGN WAS LAUNCHED BY A COALITION OF COMMUNITY, FAITH BASED ORGANIZATIONS AND THE SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION. IT’S THE MOST AMBITIOUS EFFORT EVER UNDERTAKEN TO UNIONIZE WORKERS AT FAST FOOD RESTAURANTS.
Unskilled labor or not, these workers have dug in their heels and are demanding better compensation for work that has traditionally been performed by high school children. Completely unaware of the operating costs of a franchise or how exactly the labor market functions, they’re bravely walking themselves into unemployment.