No. No. No. Just when you thought you can count on fast food juggernauts during Labor Day weekend, well, think again. As fellow employees continue to fall on hard times due to lackluster hourly pay (ranging from $7.25 to $8), it is being reported that there is a big strike looming for several companies such as Wendy’s, McDonald’s, KFC and Burger King, as workers want a hike in paychecks—and it’s not one or two bucks—try something like an $8 dollar spike. Yes, these people want a $15 an hour salary. This, however, is going to be a daunting task in its own right. The walk-out is set to take place on August 29, so prepare to do some home-cooking for a while:
As Labor Day approaches, fast-food workers are stepping up their demands for better wages and calling for a nationwide strike next week. Workers in eight cities, including New York, are planning a major walkout on Thursday, Aug. 29. The move is part of a growing campaign by disgruntled employees from companies including KFC, McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s to fight for $15 an hour and the right to form a union.
The movement is backed by the Service Employees International Union and other labor and religious groups. Mom of three Shenita Simon of Brownsville, Brooklyn, a shift supervisor at the KFC on Pitkin Ave., is planning to leave her shift in protest. “It’s about time that someone stands behinds us, with unity, and supports us for what we’re going through,” said Simon, 25. “It’s time that we work in a fair safe environment.”
Simon has walked out twice before — and recently got a raise, from $7.25 to $8 an hour, after speaking out. Still, it’s difficult to make ends meet, she said.
“It’s very hard, struggling to feed my children,” she said.“Fifteen an hour I think is more than fair. We should ask for more, but we’re being nice … They are building the company on our backs.” The food companies have maintained their wages and benefits meet industry standards.
Source: Daily News