Fast-Food Workers Plot New Strike, Civil Disobedience

Many ready 'to do whatever it takes' for $15-an-hour wage

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 2, 2014 6:49 AM CDT

(Newser) – As fast-food workers battle for a $15-an-hour wage, they're getting ready to strike this week—and get arrested if they have to. McDonald's, Burger King, and Wendy's employees are among those planning a protest on Thursday, the Chicago Tribune reports, and the effort will include broad civil disobedience, the New York Times adds. "I'm really struggling trying to make ends meet," one McDonald's worker tells the paper. "I'm prepared to do whatever it takes to get McDonald's to the table to discuss increasing my pay to $15 an hour."

The strike, backed by the Service Employees International Union, is part of the "Fight for $15" campaign for better wages. Home-care workers will also take part, with organizers hoping for a growing movement, the Times notes. President Obama acknowledged the effort in a Labor Day speech yesterday. "There's a national movement going on made up of fast-food workers organizing to lift wages so they can provide for their families with pride and dignity," he said, adding that if he "wanted an honest day's pay for an honest day's work, I'd join a union."

Demonstrators protest outside a McDonald's restaurant demanding better wages, Thursday, May 15, 2014, in Atlanta.
Demonstrators protest outside a McDonald's restaurant demanding better wages, Thursday, May 15, 2014, in Atlanta.   (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Demonstrators protest for higher wages and worker's unions outside a McDonald's restaurant, Thursday, May 15, 2014, in Atlanta.
Demonstrators protest for higher wages and worker's unions outside a McDonald's restaurant, Thursday, May 15, 2014, in Atlanta.   (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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