According to The Christian Post on Thursday, a fast food strike has been planned for May 15 across the U.S. The strike is set to take place in 150 major cities including Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Memphis and New York City. Employees of the popular food chains such as McDonald's, Burger King, Kentucky Fried Chicken, and Wendy's are striking in hopes that their salary will be increased to $15 an hour from the average of about $9 an hour, or $18,500 a year.
USA Today reports that not only will the strike be going on in the United States, but it will also go on across the globe to 33 countries across six continents including Asia, Europe and South America. The strike is supported by organizations like Fast Food Forward, Hungry for Justice and the International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers' Association, which represents about 12 million employees worldwide. Ashley Cathey, a McDonald's worker in Memphis, Tennessee said, "We've gone global. Our fight has inspired workers around the world to come together."
Fast food workers plan to walk off their jobs for the right for higher pay and to organize labor unions without the threat of being fired or laid off. This is not the first time fast food workers have gone on strike. They have gone on strike several times since 2012. These strikes had very small successes.
So far this year, only four states have raised the minimum wages for employees. Those states are Connecticut, Maryland, Hawaii and New Jersey. President Barack Obama has been pushing Congress to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. Additionally, he has signed an executive order for all employees of federal service contracts to be least $10.10 an hour.
People understand that a one-day strike is not going to get them there. However, it will make a statement that the employees are not satisfied with their current salary. They understand that this needs to continue to grow.
How do you think the strike will affect you on May 15?