Several hundred fast-food workers today are back at the deep fryers, burger drawers, and salad stations after participating in yesterday’s unprecedented walk-out and strike outside of multiple restaurant chain locations. Walk-outs and strikes commenced around 6 a.m. outside of McDonald’s at 280 Madison Avenue in Manhattan and continued elsewhere and Brooklyn, at Pizza Hut, Domino’s, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and Taco Bell locations. Workers are pushing for higher wages, better treatment, and to unionize. The strike, organized by a group called Fast Food Forward, was backed by labor advocates, politicians, several civic and religious leaders, and labor advocates, started Thursday morning and continued to gain strength throughout the afternoon.
Saliently, workers are looking for an increase in wages, from the typical base-hourly pay of $7.25, to $15. Fast Food Forward is looking for anyone who can rally behind the workers’ goals to sign a petition.
At Wendy’s near the Fulton Mall in Brooklyn, one worker was fired because she walked out yesterday. This morning, however, a number of individuals and groups, including New York Communities for Change and Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, occupied the restaurant at 425 Fulton Street. That worker was back on the job by 1 p.m., according to organizers.