As low wage workers continue to fight for an increase in the minimum wage, protests have occurred around the country. Adding fuel to the fire, another round of protests will be happening on Thursday, this time with a twist.
Protests and strikes will occur in over 100 cities on Thursday, including sit ins in a dozen additional cities, Aljazeera American reported on Wednesday. To take their actions to the next level, protesters plan to engage in "widespread civil disobedience," and have enlisted the help of the Service Employees International Union, SEIU, in doing. With over 2 million members to their name, the SEIU have supported the fast food workers in their push for more than doubling the federal minimum wage, from the current $7.25 an hour, to $15 an hour. Speaking to the New York Times, Burger King employee from Kansas City, Mo., Terrence Wise said that the workers and protesters were, "Prepared to take arrests to show our commitment to the growing fight for $15."
The president of the Service Employees International Union, Mary Kay Henry, hopes that the protests will show, "nonviolent civil disobedience as a way to call attention to what they’re facing.” In addition to a $15 minimum wage, Henry and the fellow protesters are calling to be recognized as a union.
The fast food workers are not just getting the support from the SEIU, but also from the President of the United States. During his Labor Day speech in Milwaukee this past Monday, President Obama gave his support to the fast food workers by noting that they just want, "an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work." President Obama pleasantly remarked,"I’d join a union.”
In addition to the fast food workers, the SEIU have attempted to recruit home care workers to join protests in major cities such as Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit and Seattle. The protests are expected to begin Thursday morning.