Fast-Food Strike Sweeps Globe as Workers Push for $15 an Hour

Image: Fast-Food Strike Sweeps Globe as Workers Push for $15 an Hour Demonstrators holding posters march to demand higher wages for fast-food workers in Tokyo's Shibuya shopping and amusement district.

Friday, 16 May 2014 10:52 AM

By Ken Mandel

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
A fast-food strike swept the globe Thursday as hundreds of workers in more than 30 countries protested in search of $15-an-hour wages and the right to seek union representation.

Fast-food giants like Burger King, Wendy's, and KFC were all represented in the non-violent day of protests aimed at the $200 billion industry. Employees in U.S. cities New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, among others, as well as those in Germany, Japan, and the U.K. all participated in the strike.

Urgent: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance? Vote Now in Urgent Poll

Naquasia LeGrand, 22, of Brooklyn, New York, told USA Today that she was attending her sixth protest since 2012. Employed as a cashier at Kentucky Fried Chicken in the upscale Park Slope neighborhood in Brooklyn, LeGrand said she earns $8 an hour, but pays $1,300 a month in rent.

"We live in New York City — a multibillion dollar city," she told the paper. "These corporations . . . are making all this money. It's only right that we come together."

Service Employees International Union, which is more than 2 million members strong, financed the worldwide protest and Fast Food Forward organized it.

"At the end of the day, there is more than enough money to pay these workers $15 an hour," Fast Food Forward leader Kendall Fells told USA Today.

Chipotle employee Luis Vasquez came to the New York City protests wearing a T-shirt that read, "Stick Together for $15 and a union."

At 19, Vasquez earns $9 an hour and is the main source of income for his family, which lives off food stamps and uses government assistance to "pay the rent."

"What I am trying to say to companies today is share the profit," Vasquez told CNN Money. "We're not asking for cars or fancy vacations. We just want to feed our families."

The "Fight for $15" campaign began in November 2012, when 200 fast-food workers in New York demanded $15 an hour and the right to unionize without retaliation. Organizers told CNN that they feel the push has raised awareness regarding income inequality in the U.S. and prompted minimum-wage increases in some states, including Vermont.

Urgent: Assess Your Heart Attack Risk in Minutes. Click Here.

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Cambodia HIV Outbreak: 100-Plus People Diagnosed; Investigation Sought

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 18:50 PM

More than 100 HIV infections in a single Cambodian village have spurred the country's prime minister to ask for an inves . . .

Slender Man Case: Two Girls Competent to Stand Trial in Stabbing

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 18:26 PM

Two girls who allegedly stabbed a 12-year-old friend over the online game Slender Man are competent to stand trial for a . . .

Kate Upton Sexiest Woman Alive; Model Apologizes to Teen Brother

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 17:52 PM

Model Kate Upton was selected as People magazine's first Sexiest Woman Alive, a month after Chris Hemsworth received the . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved