When 200 fast-food workers went on strike in New York City last November to protest their low wages, the New York Times said it was the “biggest wave of job actions in the history of America’s fast-food industry.”
And then in September this year, in a span of about two weeks, employees at both fast-food and retail chains went on strike in 50 U.S. cities, to fight for $15/hour wages.
Today, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, fast-food workers in 130 U.S. cities will walk off the job to demand that they be paid a fair, living wage and be given the right to unionize, according to a statement released by Fast Food Forward, a New York-based nonprofit involved in organizing the strikes.
From the statement:
“Workers will go on strike in every region of the continental United States and will be joined by supporters rallying in an additional 100 cities, as the fight for $15 an hour and the right to form a union without retaliation continues to grow. Workers are expected to strike at the nation’s major national fast-food restaurants, including McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s and KFC.”
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Protests are being organized in 83 more cities across the country.
On Wednesday, members of the U.S. Congress urged McDonald’s (NYSE:MCD) and other fast-food corporations to raise wages, reported Bloomberg.
“Too many hardworking families are being forced to depend on poverty-level wages,” 53 members of Congress wrote in a letter mailed to restaurant executives, including McDonald’s Chief Executive Officer Don Thompson. “Paying fair wages and putting more spending money in the hands of consumers will strengthen our economy.”
Many community groups, including faith groups and students groups, have also declared their support for the cause.
Fast Food Forward gave International Business Times a full list of U.S. cities where a strike or a protest was going to take place. Here they are, in an interactive map. There are several regions in which cities are clustered, so be sure to zoom in to get a clearer picture, and click on any dot to see which city it represents and what sort of event is scheduled to take place there.