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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Fast Food Workers Starving for More Pay, Strike Planned Tomorrow

Posted By on Wed, Dec 4, 2013 at 7:59 AM

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Tomorrow just might be the perfect day to start that post-Thanksgiving diet, considering your fast-food options will be limited. That's right, workers are planning to walk off the job, which means no Mac Snack Wraps, Frostys, or Triple Whoppers for you tomorrow.

But before workers ditch their deep fryers, members today plan to protest at McDonald's locations in five cities, including Seattle, San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, where they'll deliver a petition asking the fast food lords to pay their employees more money.

Dubbed "Low Pay is Not Okay," the petition, which is addressed to McDonald's, Burger King, Taco Bell, KFC, Pizza Hut, Domino's, Papa John's, and Subway, calls for $15 in hourly wages. Right now, they're taking home $8 an hour.

Some 50,000 people have signed onto the petition, supporting the fast food workers of America.

And then tomorrow, the fast food version of a government shutdown begins. Workers from the the greasy restaurants mentioned above will walk off the job to protest their poverty-like wages.

You know what that means: no crappy meat for you.

It's not the first time the convenience food cooks have told management where they can shove their condiment bottle. In August, the same group of disgruntled (and broke) workers walked off the job, claiming they don't make enough money to pay for the quick meals they're dishing up to customers. Never mind, nutritious foods.

Their efforts were revived after a report released in October revealed that more than 52 percent of fast food workers rely on public assistance programs to put food on the table or see a doctor. In 2013, the crucial stop-gap benefits provided to underpaid workers costs taxpayers an more than $7 billion, while McDonald's reported a profit of $5.5 billion, according to the petition.

"We don't want to rely on public assistance -- we would much rather receive an honest day's pay for an honest day's (hard!) work," the petition states. "But we have kids to feed, families to support and have no other choice."

Enjoy your homemade salads!

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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