Looks like you'll have to cancel that weekly family dinner at Burger King. Fast-food workers over at Wendy's McDonald's, Burger King, Taco Bell, and other greasy chains are planning to walk off the job Thursday as part of a nationwide "unprecedented strike" over pay.
The workers want $15 an hour, regular schedules, benefits, the right to form a union without being screwed over, and an end to "unfair labor practices.
As of now the workers make $8 an hour, which they say is barely enough to buy the fast-food their dishing up to customers, let alone nutritious meals. According to the employees, many are forced to use food stamps and other government services just to meet their basic needs.
In short, this means that taxpayers (that'd be you) are subsidizing the $200 billion fast-food industry.
On Thursday, fast-food workers will meet up with clergy, community supporters, and elected leaders at McDonald's, 2520 E 12th St. in Oakland at 6:30 a.m. to start the strike. Later that day, the group will take their cause over to KFC, located at 470 Lake Park Ave. in Oakland at 11 a.m.
The strikes are the latest in an escalating series of walkouts by workers across the country. Local airport concession workers have walked off the job for a living wage; a growing number of Walmart workers have gone on strike; and fast-food workers across the country went on strike in April.
So mark Thursday on your calendar, and think of it as an opportunity to start eating a little healthier.