Fw: $15 an hour and a union
WHOA. Yesterday, something huge happened: Hundreds of Detroit fast food workers went on strike demanding $15 an hour and the right to form a union. So many workers went on strike, in fact, that McDonald’s had to call in replacement workers so that they didn’t have to close.
And guess what happened then? SOLIDARITY, that’s what. The replacement workers saw the picket line -- and decided to go on strike too!
Since last night, thousands of people have already shared this image on Facebook. Click the image below to join them and share it now to show mad respect for these workers who are standing up for their rights -- and for each other!
As Joe Biden might say, deciding to go on strike is a Big Eff-ing Deal. Some workers who strike face illegal retaliation, even though they have every right under the law to organize and fight for better working conditions. But in the past year, low-wage fast food and retail workers -- from Burger King to JCPenney to Walmart -- have gone on strike in dozens of cities.
These workers have jobs where they are paid as little as $7.25/hour, even after years of reliable job performance. And they often have no control over their hours. No one can support a family on that.
But the thing about solidarity -- like the solidarity shown by these McDonald’s workers in Detroit -- is that if enough workers stand up together, they have the power to force big corporations to the table and change their destructive penny-pinching business models.
Share the image if you think this country would be better off if everyone who held down a steady job made a living wage and had the right to form a union.
Kaytee, Claiborne, Taren, Rob, Tara, Angus, Marguerite, Anthony, and the rest of us
P.S. The strikes are getting big national press coverage. Read more:
Salon: Fast food strikes spread to Detroit, 10 May, 2013
Washington Post: Fast-food workers in Detroit joining a growing wave of walkouts over wages, 10 May, 2013
Huffington Post: Fast Food Strike: Detroit Walkouts, Protests Continue National Movement For Higher Wages, Union, 10 May 2013
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