NYC Fast Food Workers Strike; Demand Higher Wages and Unionization
Fast food workers at various NYC restaurants walked off the job today, protesting low wages and backlash against efforts to unionize.
Experts say this is the beginning of the biggest effort to unionize fast food employees ever in the U.S.
It’s unclear at this time how many workers will participate.
The workers who are employed within one of the world’s most expensive cities and work in several restaurant chains, including McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, Domino’s and Taco Bell, have been organizing with groups such as Fast Food Forward and many other organizations to fight for livable wages and for the right to unionize.
Their ultimate goal is to raise wages to $15-an-hour from minimum wage pay and to gain recognition for their independent union, the Fast Food Workers Committee.
According to Fast Food Forward, while the fast food industry currently grosses $200 billion annually, and the average daily salary of most fast food CEO’s is $25,000, the average fast food worker only makes 11,000 per year, or roughly 25 percent of the money required to survive in NYC.
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