Skip to main content

Striking fast food workers.
Fast food workers around the country are striking and engaging in civil disobedience Thursday, escalating their fight for $15 an hour and the right to join a union. Arrests have already happened in some cities:
On Thursday, protesters stood in front of fast-food restaurants, chanting for higher pay and holding signs in both English and Spanish. In New York, at least three people wearing McDonald's uniforms were hauled away by police officers after standing in the middle of a busy street near Times Square. About two dozen protesters were handcuffed in Detroit after they wouldn't move out of a street near a McDonald's restaurant.
Pictures were flooding into Twitter from strike locations in Houston, Richmond, Charlotte, Denver, Atlanta, and Milwaukee. In Chicago, organizers said one McDonald's was "essentially shut down. No workers only management inside"; later, hundreds of workers and allies blocked a street. As planned, home care workers are out marching with fast food workers in some cities.

There's no doubt that this is a national movement, and one that's propelling city and state minimum wage debates; most recently, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel signed an order raising the minimum wage for city contractors to $13 an hour, a move that will give raises to about 1,000 workers. Pictures of the protests also suggest that the movement is growing within cities, that Thursday's events are larger than the last wave of fast food strikes, which were larger than the ones before them. But the fast food industry is powerful, and this movement will need to keep growing, to get more workers to walk off the job and shut down restaurants, if it's going to affect the industry's practices in places where city and state governments will not raise the minimum wage or take action to crack down on wage theft.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Thu Sep 04, 2014 at 07:01 AM PDT.

Also republished by Hellraisers Journal and Daily Kos.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site