Boston Workers Support #StrikeFastFood

Boston Workers Support Nationwide Fast Food Strikes

This past Friday, December 4th, fast food workers in 190 cities across the country went on strike, demanding $15 and a union without fear of reprisal. Look at this nation-wide recap!

Here in Boston, adjuncts professors, homecare and transportation workers also turned out in Support of the call for a $15 an hour wage. Watch Alicia, an agency homecare worker, voice her support for the Fight for $15 inside the Park Street Burger King!

The day after the strike, The Boston Globe profiled Latiana Holmes, whose story of working three part time jobs exemplifies the need to Fight for $15. Take a look – and join the movement.


Source: https://www.facebook.com/fairnessatfairpoint

Support #FairnessatFairPoint Strike!

This week, 1,800 CWA and IBEW members will entering their ninth week on strike at FairPoint Communications locations in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

But why are they on strike?

“FairPoint, New England’s largest telecommunications company, unilaterally imposed a contract that ended restrictions on subcontracting and outsourcing, froze pensions, increased health care costs for active workers and cut retiree health care, added a two-tier wage plan with big pay cuts for new hires and other cuts that forced workers to walk out.” Source.

While CWA is able to provide a strike fund for its members, IBEW does not have that capacity for its 1,500 members on strike.

So this Holiday Season, consider donating to the IBEW-CWA Solidarity Fund – and don’t forget to spread the word.

#Honkfor15 Day of Action

honk-flyerJoin Us on Friday, October 10 from 3pm – 5pm as we take to the streets to #honkfor15!

Meet us in Downtown Crossing (corner of Washington and Winter Streets)

Together, we’ll raise our voices, beat our drums, and honk our horns in support of the national Fight for 15 movement. Workers across the country are organizing to win $15/hour and the right to form a union. From fast food to health care to transportation and beyond, workers across industries are uniting to Fight for 15! In Seattle, workers recently won a $15 minimum wage. The Fight for 15 is gaining momentum and on the eve of the annual HONK! Festival of Activist Street Bands, we will band together (pun intended!) to oppose corporate greed and promote better wages for workers. Join us to #WageAction and #HONKfor15 on October 10!


Boston Fast Food Workers to Strike as Fight for $15 and Union Rights Intensifies

Media Advisory for: Thursday, September 4, 2014
Fast food: Reginald Zimmerman, reggie@massuniting.org, 857-399-3918
Home care: Jeff Hall, jeff.hall@1199.org, 617-281-8384


Local McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s Workers Among Those in 150+ Cities Expected To Walk Off Their Jobs
Home Care Workers to Join Growing Movement For Higher Pay

BOSTON – Coming off a convention at which they vowed to do “whatever it takes” to win $15 and the right to form a union, Boston fast-food workers will walk off their jobs Thursday as their movement intensifies and continues to spread.

Workers, from Boston major fast-food restaurants, including McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s and Dunkin’ Donuts are expected to strike. Clergy, elected officials and community supporters will join fast-food workers on the strike lines.

Inspired by the actions of fast-food workers, home care workers have decided to join the nationwide movement for higher pay and better rights on the job. In several cities, including Boston, both nonunion and union home care workers will join striking fast-food workers, as the Fight for $15 spreads to a new, fast-growing service industry.

Union and non-union home care workers, along with senior and disability allies, will host a “Speak Out for $15” at the Massachusetts State House steps at 10:00 a.m. before joining the fast-food workers at their 11:45 a.m. action on Washington Street.

WHO: Workers from McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King and Dunkin Donuts; Community Supporters; Clergy; other low-wage workers including home care workers

WHAT: Home Care Speak Out for $15 and Fast-Food Worker Strike

WHERE / WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 4 @ 10:00AM
Home Care Speak Out: Massachusetts State House steps (Intersection of Beacon and Park Streets), Boston

Followed by: Thursday, Sept. 4 @ 11:45 AM
Fast Food Strike: Meet at the Irish Famine Memorial, Downtown Boston


Thursday’s strike comes a little more than a month after the National Labor Relations Board’s general counsel determined that, despite McDonald’s repeated claims, the company is a joint employer that exerts substantial power over its employees’ working conditions. For nearly two years, McDonald’s and other fast-food workers have been joining together and going on strike, calling for $15 and the right to form a union without retaliation. But time and time again, the company and other industry players have tried to sidestep workers’ calls, inventing a make-believe world in which responsibility for wages and working conditions falls squarely only on the shoulders of franchisees, not the corporations that control how food is served and priced.

As corporations push down real wages for average American workers, a growing number of economists warn that low wages are a barrier to growth that are harming the overall U.S. economy.

A campaign that started in New York City in November 2012, with 200 fast-food workers walking off their jobs demanding $15 and the right to form a union without retaliation, has since spread to more than 150 cities in every region of the country, including the South. The growing fight for $15 has been credited with elevating the debate around inequality in the U.S. MSNBC’s Chris Hayes said that it has “entirely changed the politics of the country.” Since the campaign launched, nearly 7 million low-wage workers have seen their wages rise. What seemed like a far-fetched goal–$15 an hour—is now a reality in Seattle, where Bloomberg News said the city adopted “the rallying cry of fast-food workers.”

In Boston, workers and advocates who support the Fight for $15 have united through the #WageAction coalition which helped kick off the citywide Fight for $15 with rallies in June and August that drew low-wage workers from across multiple industries.

As it spreads, the movement is challenging fast-food companies’ outdated notion that their workers are teenagers looking for pocket change. Today’s workers are mothers and fathers struggling to raise children on wages that are too low. And they’re showing the industry that if it doesn’t raise pay, it will continue to be at the center of the national debate on what’s wrong with our economy.

Follow all of the nationwide action on strike day at www.strikefastfood.org and on Twitter with the #StrikeFastFood, #WageAction, and #HomeCare15 hashtags.

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