New York, NY - According to reports published in “The New York Times,” a major international union is planning strikes this coming Thursday, December 5, in 100 of the nation's major cities against fast food franchises such as McDonald's, Burger King, and Wendy's.
The goal: a wage of $15 per hour, which organizers say is necessary to make a living in support of families who depend on that type of employment. Many do not work a full 40-hour week, but are forced to accept diminished schedules of 20 or 25 hours per week due to various pressures exerted upon the employers that are related to benefits and overtime.
In another service industry sector, Wal-Mart workers and employees of federal contractors are fighting for a $15 per hour salary, almost twice the present minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.
Service Employees International Union is sponsoring the fast food strike through a website called http://fastfoodforward.org
Both retail workers and fast food employees are organizing to strike and to gain the right to form a union without retaliation through a website called http://fightfor15.org/en/
Both organizations say they are looking for sympathy demonstrations or job actions in an estimated additional 100 cities throughout the United States.