|McDonald's manager in Milwaukee sides with workers, walks out.|
Low-wage workers are demanding an end to retaliation for organizing a union. In all three cities, they went from one business to another to protest poverty wages and workplace abuse. It was expected to be a daylong affair, with final rallies taking place in Chicago, Milwaukee and Seattle in the early evening.Workers in other industries have joined the revolt, which began last fall when low-wage retail and fast-food workers walked off the job in New York. Sudden short strikes have been used to elicit public support for low-wage workers at warehouse companies, government contractors and the waste industry. Today, Teamster paramedics and EMTs in El Centro, Calif., are in the fifth day of a strike to fight low wages paid by Gold Cross Ambulance. Teamsters yesterday protested pharmaceutical distributor McKesson’s retaliation against workers at a Lakeland, Fla., warehouse.
In Chicago, Samwiseoccupies reported about 200 people were marching from store to store raising awareness about the dire state of their wages. By mid-morning, workers had already visited Wendy’s, Subway, Sally’s Beauty Supply and Sears and were expected to visit many more sites.
Striking employees chanted in English and Spanish:
“Workers can’t survive on $8.25” and “On strike! Shut it down! Chicago is a union town!”
Meanwhile, in Milwaukee, a McDonald’s manager joined her workers in walking out. , She said they deserved higher pay and it was time to stand up for it, according to Wisconsin Jobs Now’s Twitter feed. Protesters later moved out to a Burger King in the city, where all workers walked off the job.Viva la causa! reported there was a great turn out for the Milwaukee protests:
Too many striking workers, too few seats on the buses. What a great problem!
|Seattle workers aren't getting full pay from local Starbucks.|
The Teamsters Facebook page is filled with comments supporting the low-wage workers:
Jim Lutz: Gotta give em Credit for taking 1st step -a hard one when you only make 8 bucks an hour
Dale Felder: These workers are shining examples of bravery, fortitude, and determination. Because of their wonderful actions changes will appear. There is hope for the future of the 99%ers!
Rodney Justice: If anyone would take the time to see just how much a McDonald's make per month they would see just how right the workers are.
Andy Newhausen: I like the way it said allow workers to unionize, I believe they should just do it and to bad for the company. Big companies have reaped huge profits at the laborers expense for two long, pay them a fair wage or close your doors !
The petition says:
I support workers who are on strike for a living wage and better working conditions. No job in this country should pay so little that employees can’t make ends meet.