Fast-food workers at McDonald's, Wendy's and other chains will strike Friday to demand boosting the minimum wage to $15 an hour




Fastfood workers
Fastfood workers  
  • Fast-food employees will strike Friday to demand a national minimum wage of at least $15 an hour.

  • The strike will take place on what would be Martin Luther King Jr's 92nd birthday.

  • Strike organizer Fight for 15 is aiming to pressure the Biden-Harris administration to prioritize the wage increase to help close the wage gap among workers of color.

  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

Fast-food workers in at least 15 US cities are planning to strike on Friday to demand an increase in the federal minimum to $15 an hour and for the right to unionize, according to a press release by Fight for 15 and Union, an international movement of workers advocating for better wages.

The organization has been staging walkouts since 2012 to advocate for an increase in the minimum wage and is supported by the Service Employees International Union.

Workers at big corporations such as McDonald's and Wendy's will participate by either staying or walking off the job on what would have been Martin Luther King Jr's 92 nd birthday on January 15, the group said.

The striking workers, from cities including Detroit, Durham, and Kansas City, will call on big corporations like McDonald's to raise pay to $15 per hour. Workers in cities like Chicago and Los Angeles where the minimum wage has been boosted to $15 per hour will strike to demand all workers be paid that wage. They'll also challenge the incoming Biden-Harris administration to raise the federal minimum wage - stuck at $7.25 for more than 10 years - to $15 in its first 100 days.

The strike will include car caravans and strike lines staged on Zoom across Chicago, Charleston, Detroit, Durham, Flint, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Milwaukee, Memphis, Oakland, Orlando, Sacramento, St. Louis, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa.

Read More: Wayfair boosted its minimum wage to $15 an hour for all employees

The group said that since 2012 the movement has won $70 billion in raises for over 27 million workers and successfully helped pass $15 per hour minimum wage laws in eight states.

"I'm striking today to carry on Martin Luther King Jr.'s fight for racial and economic justice in this country, which means every working person earns a living wage and has a job with dignity," said Karesha Manns, a Memphis McDonald's worker, according to the group's statement. "Right now, I only make $10/hr at McDonald's, which isn't enough to pay the bills or support my family."

Read more: McDonald's employees claim they were forced to continue to work and were kept in the dark when a coworker caught COVID-19, according to a new OSHA complaint

On Tuesday, President-elect Joe Biden said in a tweet that he hopes the House and Senate will act promptly in passing federal legislationto enact at least a $15 per hour wage.

The national minimum wage increase will help close the wage gap among Black and Brown workers especially after being hit hard financially by the coronavirus pandemic, advocates argue.

Raising the minimum wage should also boost pay for more than 23 million Americans, according to Fight for $15 and Union, reduce the racial and gender wage gap, and rebuild the economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read More: 3 charts show how December's surprisingly bad jobs report was especially devastating for the most vulnerable workers

While raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour will boost payment for 17 million workers, it could cause other workers to lose their jobs, according to a 2019 Congressional Budget Office report.

The report said that under the $15 per hour option, 1.3 million workers would lose their jobs in an average week in 2025, according to the office's median estimate.

The report also found that workers whose income is below the poverty threshold would receive an additional $8 billion in real family income in 2025, amounting up to an average of 5.3% increase in income.

Last month, Starbucks announced plans for at least a $15 hourly minimum wage for its workers across the US, phased in over the next three years.

Read More: The economic prospects of rich and poor Americans had long been diverging. The pandemic finally completed the break.

COMMENTS

More Related News

US B-52 bomber again flies over Mideast amid Iran tensions
US B-52 bomber again flies over Mideast amid Iran tensions
  • US
  • 2021-01-27 12:41:46Z

The U.S. military said Wednesday it again flew a B-52 bomber over the Middle East "to deter potential aggression" amid tensions with Iran, the first such...

Lawmakers to grill Biden
Lawmakers to grill Biden's pick for UN ambassador, Linda Thomas-Greenfield. She's seen worse.

As a Black woman who faced discrimination growing up in the segregated South before establishing a 35-year career in foreign service, Thomas-Greenfield would...

Both Sides Sharpen Their Carving Knives for Biden
Both Sides Sharpen Their Carving Knives for Biden's COVID Relief Plan

Doug Mills/GettyHours after President Joe Biden was sworn into office, White House press secretary Jen Psaki had a challenge for congressional Republicans...

Biden
Biden's U.N. pick to warn that U.S. absence allows China to thrive at world body
  • US
  • 2021-01-27 11:33:08Z

U.S. President Joe Biden's nominee to be ambassador to the United Nations will stress on Wednesday the importance of U.S. re-engagement with the 193-member...

'Insulting and frustrating': Community leaders decry lack of Asian Americans in Biden's top Cabinet picks

Asian American and Pacific Islander community leaders are dismayed that they are not represented in President Joe Biden's Cabinet.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: Latin America