Biggest Fast-Food Strikes Yet Coming Thursday
One-day strikes, protests planned in 200 cities
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 2, 2013 8:10 AM CST
Demonstrators in support of fast food workers march towards a McDonald's as they demand higher wages and the right to form a union without retaliation, July 29, 2013, in New York's Union Square.   (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

(Newser) – Want a Big Mac? Don't plan to buy it on Thursday: The fast-food strikes are coming back. Organizers who want to see workers paid $15 per hour are planning strikes in 100 cities across the US Thursday, plus protests in 100 other cities. The latest move comes almost exactly a year after the strikes began, in November 2012 in New York City, and about three months after 58 cities saw strikes. "There's been pretty huge growth in one year," one of the organizers tells the New York Times. "People understand that a one-day strike is not going to get them there. They understand that this needs to continue to grow."

Some cities, including Charleston, SC; Providence, RI; and Pittsburgh will be seeing their first strikes. The movement is supported by the Service Employees International Union; in addition to higher wages, it wants to see restaurant workers allowed to unionize with no danger of threats and retaliation. But the National Restaurant Association continues to insist that raising wages so far above the federal minimum wage, which is currently $7.25, would result in a decrease in hiring.

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Dec 3, 2013 3:06 PM CST
So my wife spent time and effort to become a CMA and the burger flippers at McD's will be making the same wage? This is a good way to kill initiative.
Dec 3, 2013 1:36 PM CST
Here is what the owners should do. First: Gather all of their employees together in one place. Second: Give them the following speech. "I can't afford to pay all of you $15 per hour. I can, however, afford to pay half of you $15 per hour. The other half will have to be discharged. "You are gathered here today to make a decision on which of you will stay and which of you will go. That will be your decision alone, not mine. "Those of you who are staying will have to do the work of those who are going. If you are not willing to take up the slack created by their absence, you should volunteer to be one of those who is to be discharged. "I will now leave you to make that decision, and I will abide by your decision. Any failure on your part to do your duty will result in the discharge of all of you and you will be replaced by new workers willing to do the job at your current rate of pay." Third: Leave the room to await the decision.
Dec 3, 2013 11:34 AM CST
Once again labor groups stirring the fire. A fast food worker does not deserve $15 a hour for the job they do. As slack and inconsiderate some are they don't deserve $5 an hour. Unless you aspire to work your way up to manager, working fast food is for the young and the retired. It was not meant for a career job. People need to come back to reality.