Fast-Food Workers Plot New Strike, Civil Disobedience
Many ready 'to do whatever it takes' for $15-an-hour wage
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Sep 2, 2014 6:49 AM CDT
Demonstrators protest outside a McDonald's restaurant demanding better wages, Thursday, May 15, 2014, in Atlanta.   (AP Photo/David Goldman)

(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."

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Sep 3, 2014 4:02 PM CDT
This will be a short-lived victory. They got a bot that will replace all of them.
Sep 3, 2014 3:55 PM CDT
none of these people well ever strike its allways outside union paid thugs that that need more stooges to pay for all the top union people retiring. These are entry level jobs or colleage jobs an if you need to raise a family on these wages you better get two jobs or get a new career
Sep 3, 2014 1:00 PM CDT
If only they put so much effort in their own education...