Last year, Bay Area fast food workers marched for higher wages. Today hundreds marched against Oakland restaurants serving Whoppers and Big Macs again, but now they've super-sized their movement.
Today [Thurs/15], fast food workers worldwide rose up for fair wages and the right to unionize. The protest spanned 150 US cities, as well as 33 countries across the world. Twitter flooded with photos of protesters in Argentina, France, Morocco, and Japan. Read more »
Bay Area fast food workers who walked out and picketed their stores last year are set for a repeat performance in their battle against the house that Big Mac built, timed to debut right as the Guardian hits the streets. And this strike is also set to expand.Read more »
It was a bad day for Big Macs, but a good day for workers.
Joining a nationwide day of action, a wave of over a hundred protesters crowded into a Oakland McDonald's, on Jackson street, demanding fast food workers to join in the strike.
Four employees joined in the strike, and others briefly joined the march outside.
100 cities across the country held similar strikes, with workers in Detroit, New York City and more demanding a livable wage of $15 an hour.
The protest was nationally led by labor unions, including the SEIU, but locally it was led by men like Jose Martinez. Martinez led the strike at KFC some time back, and was one of the organizers at the forefront of today's action at McDonald's and other fast food outlets.
"It's a movement for all fast food workers to come together and fight for our rights," he said.
Standing with Martinez in Oakland, rapper, performer and music producer Boots Riley said he was in support of the fast food workers' movement.
"Fighting to raise wages of anyone helps everyone, a high tide raises all boats," he told the Guardian. "You help make that profit, your labor is worth more than minimum wage."
Inside, the fast food joint was bursting at the seams, the workers hungry for justice. Read more »
Workers from about 30 fast food restaurants in the East Bay rallied for higher pay yesterday, demanding $15 an hour, nearly twice as much as California's $8 an hour minimum wage. For reference, Burger King Chief Executive Officer Bernardo Hees makes $4,015,619 with salary and investments, Chief Executive Officer of Yum! Restaurants David C. Novak (KFC Corporation/Pizza Hut are a part of Yum!) makes $14,168,355, and Chief Executive Officer of McDonald's Corp Donald Thompson makes $13,751,919 with his salaries and investments, according to figures from Forbes and BusinessWeek.Read more »