Fast Food Strikes on May 15

Protest proti McDonald's a jedení masaSalon‘s Josh Eidelson is reporting that there will be fast food strikes in 150 American cities and protests in 30 countries on May 15, 2014, but apparently the purpose is not to protest the fact that the food is terrible and harmful to your health, but about the widely acknowledged low wages and poor work conditions:

On May 15, fast food workers plan to mount one-day strikes in 150 U.S. cities, accompanied by protests in thirty countries, labor sources tell Salon. Organizers expect the walkouts to spread for the first time to cities including Philadelphia, Miami, Orlando, and Sacramento, and to involve thousands of total workers, including hundreds each in cities including St. Louis, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Oakland, Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City.

Abroad, May 15 fast food protests – many of them targeting McDonald’s in particular – are planned in cities including Karachi, Casablanca, London, Sao Paolo, Dublin, Bangkok, Buenos Aires, Geneva, and San Salvador, as well as locations in India, Indonesia, Nigeria, South Africa, and Japan. Activists plan to hold a teach-in outside McDonald’s head office in Auckland, New Zealand; to stage flash mobs at five McDonald’s locations in the Philippines, and to shut down a major McDonald’s during lunchtime in Belgium. The following day, fast food workers in Italy plan to mount their own strike, staging protests in Rome, Milan, and Venice and shutting down stores for the day…

As I’ve reported, the campaign’s demands are $15 per hour wages and the chance to freely form a union; its primary funder and director is the Service Employees International Union; and its tactics include a mix of media, legal, political, and workplace pressure on the industry. Like high-profile recent organizing efforts against non-union targets including Wal-Mart, the campaign has sought to use short-term strikes by small minorities of the workforce as anchors for broader campaigns to engage co-workers and embarrass management, even without generally shutting down places of business…

[continues at Salon]


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23 Comments on "Fast Food Strikes on May 15"

  1. Liam_McGonagle | May 7, 2014 at 3:09 pm |

    Way to shoot yourselves in the foot. You know that people will just go to McDonadlses in Mexico, where the wages are even lower.

    • Hadrian999 | May 7, 2014 at 3:39 pm |

      If I were a long term fast food worker shooting myself would be a logical course of action, but probably not in the foot

      • Liam_McGonagle | May 7, 2014 at 3:44 pm |

        It probably wont’ even be a question in a couple of years. All the fast food joints will be taxed to death in the USA and then we’ll have to hop a jet liner to some place like Bulgaria when we want a Mc-heart attack.

        • Hadrian999 | May 7, 2014 at 3:47 pm |

          When i eat bad food I prefer Wendy’s to McD. but really if you want a burger a really good one is only marginally more expensive that a crap one. I have fallen in love with 5 Guys, but only eat there every other month or so

          • Matt Staggs | May 7, 2014 at 6:04 pm |

            Five Guys really is great. Has to be a once in a blue moon kind of treat, though.

          • Here in SoCal, we have In&Out. Really damn good.
            They actually pay a little better than minimum wage.

          • Hadrian999 | May 7, 2014 at 8:06 pm |

            I’ve heard about in&out but have never been to anywhere that has them

          • Echar Lailoken | May 7, 2014 at 8:07 pm |

            I’ve heard great things about In & Out Burger. There’s one near, but I haven’t been yet. One of these days maybe. 5 guys is a great burger, and the fry portion is huge.

            I don’t care what anyone says… If you got the munchies or just hungy, White Castle is always a win. They are cheaper too. Admittedly they are not in the premium or gourmet burger status.I gotta mention it, being as I am proud Midwesterner, at heart.

            There’s this gourmet burger place in Minneapolis called Bar Abilene. The burgers rock! I highly recommend it, if you or anyone ever finds themselves there.


            Check out the menu

          • Echar Lailoken | May 7, 2014 at 8:21 pm |

            Can’t forget Culver’s, too. The butter burger, followed up with some frozen custard.

          • VaudeVillain | May 7, 2014 at 9:39 pm |

            Whenever I’m in White Castle country I try to make a stop in. It’s not even that great, but there’s just something special about those little burgers…

            Of course, here at home (well, a couple towns over, but whatever) I go to The White Hut, no relation, which sells a *slightly* larger product (adult humans still tend to order at least 2), and manages to hit a really sublime blend of cheap comfort food and proud quality that is just hard to find these days. It’s almost like Shaker furniture: simple and straightforward, without embellishment or gimmicks, but you can just tell that an uncommon level of care and dedication went into doing it right.

          • Echar Lailoken | May 7, 2014 at 11:11 pm |

            If I should ever see a White Hut, I’ll have to get some. I am sold.

          • VaudeVillain | May 8, 2014 at 12:39 am |

            There are only two, but if you’re ever in Western Massachusetts look them up.

          • What, no Lebowski references yet? Shame.

            Arlington Va. has the most to offer for this off-topic burgergasm. Home to the original Five Guys and Ray’s Hell Burger, which is incredible. You’ll also occasionally run into scenes like this:

          • Echar Lailoken | May 7, 2014 at 11:16 pm |

            I’ve been to Va., the woods and water remind me of MN. More meandering rivers though. Man, I want a burger now.

        • Hadrian999 | May 7, 2014 at 3:55 pm |

          I remember watching an episode of Babylon 5 years ago in which a character was making an illegal black market cheeseburger, I thought it was hilarious, it isn’t so funny anymore

  2. Hadrian999 | May 7, 2014 at 3:37 pm |

    I suggest the following uniform for strikes

  3. I wish these people every success.

  4. BuzzCoastin | May 8, 2014 at 3:11 am |

    the higher the wage
    the higher the prices
    the higher the prices
    the lower the sales
    the lower the sales
    is exceedingly mobetta

  5. lilbear68 | May 8, 2014 at 10:55 am |

    striking these days is a fools game, if you and fellow employees want to seriously affect your workplace absolutly the most effective way is called ‘work to the rule’.
    in essence you do your job exactly as written in your job description. you follow ALL safety rules to the letter. no suggestions, no shortcuts, no non job related conversations with any manager. nothing but Your job and no one elses. naturally every place is different but its a sure thing and usually gets their attention in a week or 2

    • Cortacespedes | May 8, 2014 at 11:37 am |


      My workplace would be on its knees by the end of week one!

      Just following the “bureaucratic safety procedure protocols” to the scripted letter, would do them in.

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