U.S. Fast-food Workers Plan National Strike


WASHINGTON — U.S.-based fast-food and other low-wage workers are being encouraged to strike Aug. 29 in protest of the low minimum wage.

“We’ve had enough of struggling to get by on minimum wage or barely more, so we’re walking off our jobs to demand $15 an hour and the right to form a union without retaliation,” reads a statement from Low Pay Is Not OK, one of many community groups across the country joining the cause.

Thousands of workers from quick-service restaurants in seven U.S. cities walked off the job last month to protest low wages. This time, the national strike is expected to affect dozens of U.S. cities with fast-food workers joined by retail workers from stores such as Macy’s, Dollar Tree and Sears.

Meanwhile, President Obama recently called on Congress to increase the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour, from $7.25.


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