Fast Food Strike Planned for Thursday
“They’re fired up and their not going to take it anymore.” – Wisconsin Jobs Now Press Release
By Donnelly Clare
In a press release Wednesday, a group called Wisconsin Jobs Now say they’ve planned a fast- food worker strike on Thursday.
Strikes and solidarity protests are planned for 100 cities throughout the nation, including Stevens Point, Wausau and La Crosse. Another nation-wide strike took place in May, and workers in Wausau walked off the job to protest in August.
Wisconsin Jobs Now says its fighting for $15/ hour wages and union rights. The press release reads:
“Our country’s fastest growing jobs are also the lowest paid, slowing the recovery and hurting our local economy. While the fast-food industry is making record profits, its workers are forced to rely on public assistance – to the tune of 7 billion taxpayer dollars each year ($166 million in Wisconsin) – just to afford the basics. They’re fired up and their not going to take it anymore.”
Wisconsin Jobs Now, Marathon County Central Labor Council and Citizen Action of Wisconsin are among the pro-labor groups organizing the local protests.