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National Strike! August 29th

Posted 8 years ago on Aug. 20, 2013, 9:52 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Tags: labor, strike, fast food workers


via LowPayIsNotOK.org:

Thousands of workers are going on a national strike on August 29 to demand better pay and better treatment. Low-wage jobs are the fastest growing jobs in the nation and they need to pay more so that workers like us can make ends meet. McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King, KFC and other corporations are making billions in profits, but they’re paying poverty wages and keeping the entire economy down. We’ve had enough. And we’re not alone.

If you work in a fast food or retail store anywhere in the country, the most effective thing you can do right now is make plans to take to the streets on August 29. Encourage your friends, family, and neighbors to do the same. The more of us who go on strike that day, the louder our message will be that it is not right for companies making billions in profits to pay their workers pennies.

Email us to let us know you’re in – or if you want to talk with a fellow fast food worker who has already gone out on strike. You can reach us at (347) 974-3944 too.

15 steps for $15 an hour and the right to form a union

Before you strike for $15:

1 - Talk to coworkers you trust and ask them to join you.
2 - Set the time to meet outside the store on the day of the strike.
3 - Call everyone you know to support you: friends, family, local social justice organizations, pastors, priests, and politicians and ask them to come to your strike line.
4 - Ask at least one of your supporters to walk back into to work with you at your next regularly scheduled shift after the strike.

Day of the strike for $15:

5 - Make signs that say why you are on strike.
6 - Print out and deliver the “Strike” letter to your manager (everyone who is on strike should sign it).
7 - Start your strike! Stand outside your store with your supporters and let people know you all are standing up for $15 an hour and the right to organize a union because low pay is not ok!
8 - Call the local TV station and newspaper and let them know you are on strike at your store.
9 - Call or text family and friends who aren’t there yet to come and support you.
10 - Chant, march, sing and let everyone who is on strike explain why they are there.
11 - Ask supporters to come with you when you and your coworkers return to work.
12 - Post pictures of your strike on Facebook at Facebook.com/LowPayIsNotOK and tweet them to @lowpayisnotok with the hashtag #strikefor15

After the strike for $15:

13 - Meet up with your supporter who is walking with you to work.
14 - Go back to work at your next regularly scheduled shift with your head held high.
15 - Tell your coworkers how it felt to stand up for $15 an hour and the right to form union with thousands of other workers across the country! Sign them up at LowPayIsNotOK.org.



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[-] 5 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 years ago

National Strike = Awesome


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[-] 4 points by windyacres (1197) 8 years ago

High hopes for this event!


[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 years ago

Complimenting: Walmart should pay its workers better and the Walton family knows it. Join the Making Change at Walmart and Daily Kos in telling Walmart and the Walton family that controls it to respect workers and to publicly commit to pay a real wage!

Despite making $16 billion in profits, Walmart continues to trap workers in poverty—forcing them to rely on taxpayer-funded programs.

Even worse, Walmart workers who speak out get fired. The company fired or disciplined more than 70 workers for going on strike. And just today, ten current or recently fired employees were arrested in Washington, DC for peacefully protesting near Walmart’s downtown office.

If Walmart does not reinstate the illegally fired workers and publicly commit pay a decent wage by Labor Day, the company will face some of the most intense actions it has seen to date.

Join Daily Kos and Making Change at Walmart in calling on Walmart and the Walton family to respect workers and to publicly commit to pay a real wage!

In solidarity,

Laura Clawson, Daily Kos

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 years ago
[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 years ago

In Compliment: it’s incredible what McDonald’s thinks it can get away with. As if paying their workers poverty wages was bad enough, now they’re paying some workers with fee-laden debit cards even when they request checks.

More than 67,000 people have signed our petition, urging McDonald’s to cease this abhorrent practice. But this is one of the largest corporations in the world, so we’ll need at least 100,000 signatures to grab their attention.

Will you join Daily Kos and CREDO today, and urge McDonald’s to stop this practice?

Keep fighting, Chris Bowers, Daily Kos

Join Daily Kos and CREDO by urging McDonald’s to stop cheating its workers by paying them with fee-laden debit cards, even when the workers ask for checks. Click here to sign our petition.

We all know that McDonald’s pays its employees poverty wages. McDonald’s even admitted this, when it recently and infamously advised its workers to take a second job to pay the bills.

But it gets worse. Now, they’re paying workers in “payroll cards”—which charge $1.50 for each ATM withdrawal, and numerous other transaction fees. If employees ask to be paid with a check, McDonald’s refuses.

What is next, paying them in gift cards?

Join Daily Kos and CREDO by signing our petition to McDonald’s President & CEO Don Thompson and Chair Andrew McKenna, demanding that they cease the practice of paying with fee-laden debit cards.

Keep fighting, Paul Hogarth, Daily Kos

[-] 3 points by Nevada1 (5843) 8 years ago

Signed. Greed---no end to it---Cruel and Cowardly.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 8 years ago

Greed---no end to it---Cruel and Cowardly.

Another Good Reason for a national health care program - early intervention as well as continued follow-up.

[-] 1 points by Fez (20) 8 years ago

Part of the "Strike" letter reads as follows: "You are prohibited by federal law from firing, discriminating, or retaliating against us for fighting together to improve our jobs and to safeguard our rights."

I'm curious to know if anyone can cite the legislation this statement is referring to. This is very important to know in case employers call this to question.



[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 8 years ago

You're so stupid you had to call 411 to get the number for 911.

[-] -2 points by MarkAnthonyParker (-2) 8 years ago

What's the purpose of gratuitously insulting other users? Is it your goal to create gaps in the community by shunning certain people you may disagree with? Why not debate like an adult using proper debating techniques instead of logical fallacies like ad hominem. Don't you care about Occupy's goal of forming communities?

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 8 years ago

Problem, sock?