Dec 06 2013

McDonald’s Worker: “$15 and a Union is What We Want And We’re Not Going To Stop Until We Get It”

Hundreds of cities around the country witnessed walkouts and rallies by workers in the fast food industry and their allies yesterday. The major coordinated action followed from a similar action in August and comes less than a week after Black Friday labor actions by Walmart employees and a day after President Obama gave a major speech decrying skyrocketing income inequality in the US.

The fast food workers want higher wages – specifically $15 an hour – and the right to form a union. Unions like SEIU and Change to Win have been working behind the scenes to fund the workers’ actions and provide logistical support and guidance.

Here in Los Angeles, workers from various fast food outlets walked off the job and picketed outside a McDonald’s restaurant on Sunset Boulevard, holding signs saying “Fight for $15.” Uprising host Sonali Kolhatkar went down to the strike and compiled this special report featuring a McDonald’s worker, an employee of Office Max who had walked off his job in solidarity, and a union organizer.

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2 Responses to “McDonald’s Worker: “$15 and a Union is What We Want And We’re Not Going To Stop Until We Get It””

  1. Megan Hayneson 07 Dec 2013 at 12:09 am

    Sonali Kolhatkar Thank you , for covering this story. The Main T.V. Networks skew the story. The Mainstream Media reports what the National Restaurant Association says as if it were a Fact.
    (Mcdonalds beings a Memeber should be a RED flag)

    Your Reporting is Raw and Refreshing, this is real Journalism.

  2. Joshua K Jacksonon 17 Dec 2013 at 7:48 pm