Southern California fast food workers Thursday staged a walkout as part of their attempt to raise their hourly wages to $15.
Organizers with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) say the strike was designed to put pressure on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage from its current $7.25, which many of an estimated nearly 4 million fast food workers nationwide say is no longer livable.
The walkouts took place at several McDonald’s locations in addition to select Wendy’s, Taco Bell, El Pollo Loco and Jack in the Box restaurants. Officials said Thursday’s strike is the largest protest that has affected the $200 billion fast food industry.
NBC Southern California “LA Fast-Food Workers Join Nationwide Strike to Demand $15 Per Hour” – 8/29/14 – Christina Cocca
Currently, California workers make approximately $9 per hour.
LA Fast-Food Workers Join Nationwide Strike to Demand $15 Per Hour
Fast-food restaurant employees in Los Angeles joined the largest-ever strike to hit the billion-dollar industry on Thursday, walking off their jobs for the first time in the city.
The workers are demanding a pay increase to $15 an hour — federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, California’s minimum rate is $8 per hour — and the right to form a union without retaliation or unfair labor practices as part of a larger movement in more than 50 cities across the country.
The Los Angeles area is home to more than 181,000 fast food workers, where the median wage for the job is $9 an hour — just $11,232 annually, according to Good Jobs LA, a grassroots organization focused on reclaiming the “American Dream.”