Fast-Food Strikes Hit 6 Continents Today
Higher-wages movement looks to hit 30 other countries
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted May 15, 2014 11:30 AM CDT
Burger King employee Keisha King, 23, stands during a protest outside a Krispy Kreme store, Thursday, May 15, 2014, in Atlanta. Calling for higher pay and the right to form a union without retaliation,...   (David Goldman)

(Newser) – If you want it your way, it might not be right away today. Fast-food industry workers are again striking today, in McDonald's, KFCs, and other chains in some 150 American cities. But the movement for $15 hourly pay is also going global this time, reports the New York Times, targeting 80 cities in more than 30 countries—Casablanca, Dublin, Seoul, and Venice among them—and ultimately hitting six continents, USA Today reports. "It’s a global economy, so they’re saying, ‘Why not go overseas to make it into a global fight?'" says a labor relations professor at Cornell. "They’re trying to create a global protest movement."

American strikers claimed some early successes, saying that the walk-off forced a few locations to close, including a Burger King in Massachusetts, while service was delayed in others. Those reports were denied by Burger King and McDonald's, which said they just called in managers to fill the gap. The National Restaurant Association was predictably derisive of the strike, dismissing it as "big labor's attempt to push their own agenda" by "demonizing" chains instead of focusing on more "education and job training opportunities," the AP reports. In happier fast-food news, Chipotle is rolling out cups that come complete with original works by the likes of Jonathan Safran Foer.

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May 20, 2014 10:08 PM CDT
the workers I see at these places are paid low wages because that's all they are worth
May 17, 2014 7:11 AM CDT
just like the story on NEWSER on the minimum wage vote for SEATTLE ($15) & SWISS($25) WOW!! as GANDALF would say.. "YOU SHALL NOT PASS" period!!
May 16, 2014 11:49 AM CDT
I always support strikes, not because I favor labor or owners but it is just free enterprise, the bargaining process, labor's worth versus staying in business. But in this case I think the only thing that is appalling is that people think it is somehow an issue of fairness that they do not earn a 'living wage' (whatever that is) at a near-zero skills job, one suitable for teenagers as a temporary job, without the the skills or education to qualify for a better and fetch a real salary. You can't support a family with a paper route on a bicycle either. The minimum wage is to prevent gouging exploitation of workers in the entry-level jobs, not to support a family on. There is nothing wrong with these jobs, just the expectation that pay is unfair, because it is ridiculous to try to make a living with them.