7.28.2013

nyc action alert: join striking fast-food workers on monday, july 29

If you live in New York City, you have an opportunity to stand beside working people in their struggle for a better life and healthier communities.
84% of New York fast food workers reported experiencing wage theft at some point in the past year and the New York Attorney General and New York City Council have taken note of the rampant wage theft in the industry.

McDonald’s workers, forced to work in a hot kitchen without air conditioning in the middle of a heat wave, walked off the job until their safety was ensured.

And on top of all of this, living on $7.25 in New York City isn’t getting any easier. The Economic Policy Institute recently release a family budget calculator that demonstrated a single parent with one child needs to make $67,153 a year to make it in New York City--far more than the $10,000 to $18,000 average annual salary of fast food workers.

On July 24th, fast food workers from across New York City bravely announced that they are going on strike for the third time and asked the community to have their backs.

Since publicly launching their campaign, workers report winning a series of workplace victories, including raises, more hours, and most recently, a repaired air conditioner on the hottest day of the year. But despite these victories, workers are still facing unlawful practices in response to their organizing, including terminations, reduction of hours, threats of retaliation and many other unlawful actions intended to discourage employees from organizing but workers aren't giving up the fight.
Fast-food chains are owned by some of the most lucrative corporations on the planet. The people who toil in their kitchens deserve a living wage. Join the Fight For 15. If you live in New York City, come out to support your neighbours in their struggle. Times and locations here.

2 comments:

allan said...

a single parent with one child needs to make $67,153 a year to make it in New York City--far more than the $10,000 to $18,000 average annual salary of fast food workers

So these workers need roughly four full-time jobs to live decently in NYC? There are 168 hours in a week, so this is totally do-able. In fact, it leaves a total of 8 free hours during the week for commuting, shopping, sleep, family time, etc.

laura k said...

On a list serv I was once on, someone was announcing a great job she got, thrilled that it paid $15/hr. This was in the late 90s. I was surprised that 15/hr was considered good money, because I couldn't imagine trying to live on that low wage in NYC.

About 15 years later, these workers in NYC and Chicago are making $7.5/hour. With no benefits and undoubtedly part-time hours.