Worldwide Fast Food Worker’s Strike Today (May 15th)!

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Image from workingfamiliesparty.org

 

On Thursday, May 15th, fast food workers and activists are rallying across the world in 150 cities and more than 30 countries to demand “$15 and a union!”

Stand in solidarity with low-wage workers and sign the petition. We’ll share your support at the fast food rally in NYC on Thursday!

Sign here! Thank you!

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Massive, Global May 15th Strike Planned: Fast Food Workers For Fair Wages

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Photo courtesy of http://www.capitalbay.com

 

I received some news in my email today from the activist group SumOfUs.org saying that the fast food industry is still paying their workers only minimum wage, despite outcry from workers and those who support them. Any fast food worker will tell you that in most cities, minimum wage is barely enough for rent/mortgage, food, clothing, and the day-to-day expenses that come up for all of us. As I’ve discussed in previous posts about this issue, many of these workers need welfare assistance to survive, which is a crying shame in a nation of plenty.

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Increasing the Minimum Wage Will Not Equal Disaster

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Photo courtesy of lawyersandsettlements.com

 

Republicans want us to believe that higher wages will lead to higher prices and lower employment. Studies have proven, however, that this is a myth based on faulty logic and misinformation.

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McDonald’s: Stop forcing employees to use fee-laden debit cards to cash their checks (petition)

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Photo courtesy of dave_mcmt at Flickr.com

 

According to ABC News:

“A former McDonald’s worker in Pennsylvania is suing a franchise owner saying she was required to receive her wages through a debit card that charged fees, resulting in some hourly employees receiving less than minimum wage.

Natalie Gunshannon, a single mother, 27, said she and other workers were paid through a JPMorgan Chase Payroll Card, which has a $1.50 fee for ATM withdrawals, a $10 inactivity fee after 90 days, and a 75 cent online payment fee per transaction and other fees.

‘It’s a violation of the law,’ said Gunshannon’s attorney, Michael Cefalo.

From the action.sumofus.org petition:

“The practice of replacing checks with expensive cards is gaining ground with employers around the country. It’s employee abuse, pure and simple telling workers that they have no choice but to accept unfair charges or go hungry.

But employers are forcing this upon their workers because they think they can get away with it. If consumers band together to punish businesses that engage in this horrendous practice, we can help stop it before it steals wages from more workers.”

Tell McDonald’s to ban the practice of forcing employees into fee-riddled debit cards.”

McDonald’s is rich enough- why are they being stingy with their workers’ already low salaries? It’s unjust.

To sign the petition, go to action.sumofus.org.