Thousands of fast-food workers in more than 100 cities across the country are on strike today for a living wage of $15 an hour and the right to join a union. The strikes kicked off in the predawn hours on the East Coast and are rolling across America all day long.
In the video above, former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich explains why fast-food workers have risen up during the past year to demand respect and a living wage. The tweets below tell today’s stories from the scene of the actions.
According to National Employment Law Project, the government spends some $7 billion a year on public assistance for fast-food workers alone. Those are our tax dollars at work, not fast food’s, which makes $7.4 billion in profits. Some 52% of front-line fast-food workers—most of whom make minimum wage or barely above—need to rely on public assistance programs to help keep food on their tables, a roof over their heads, health care and other basic necessities a job with a living wage could provide.
Follow the action on Twitter with the hashtags #FastFoodStrikes and #HardWorkFairPay.