The country is currently at war within itself, but not in the traditional guns and bombs sense. There have proverbial lines in the sand drawn on whether fast food workers should experience a a pay raise to $15 an hour. And the protests have become testy with citizens from all over the country being arrested.
StrikeFastFood.org has the latest:
Fast-food workers—in uniforms from restaurants like McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s—were arrested Thursday during a 150-city strike, as the fight for $15 and union rights intensified across the country. Thousands of cooks and cashiers walked off their jobs from more than 1,000 stores, chanting “We Believe That We Will Win,” and vowing to do whatever it takes to secure higher wages and union rights.
Workers in New York City, who launched the Fight for $15 nearly two years ago, were among the first to get arrested, after blocking traffic in front of a McDonald’s in Times Square early Thursday morning. Workers were also arrested Thursday morning in Detroit and Chicago. All over the country, from Las Vegas to Little Rock, workers walked off their jobs and took arrest to show that they can’t wait any longer for companies like McDonald’s to raise their pay.
“McDonald’s left us with no choice, but to turn up our call for $15 and union rights,” said Michael Lee, who works at McDonald’s in Greeensboro, N.C., and earns $8 an hour an hour. “We are struggling to survive and are going to do whatever it takes for our movement to win.”
According to a Gallop poll conducted last year, an astonishing 8 out of 10 Americans eat at fast food restaurants at least once a month. Even more surprisingly are the number of people who feel entitled to look down at the employees who serve them food.
Scroll through the gallery below to see some of the spiteful things opponents of the strike are spewing.
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