New York Times, By Steven Greenhouse, July 27
Often relegated to the background, America’s low-wage workers have been making considerable noise lately by deploying an unusual weapon — one-day strikes — to make their message heard: they’re sick and tired of earning just $8, $9, $10 an hour.
Their anger has been stoked by what they see as a glaring disconnect: their wages have flatlined, while median pay for chief executives at the nation’s top corporations jumped 16 percent last year, averaging a princely $15.1 million, according to Equilar, an executive compensation analysis firm.
In recent weeks, workers from McDonald’s, Taco Bell and other fast-food restaurants — many of them part-time employees — have staged one-day walkouts in New York, Chicago, Detroit and Seattle to protest their earnings, typically just $150 to $350 a week, often too little to support themselves and their families. More walkouts are expected at fast-food restaurants in seven cities on Monday. Earlier this month hundreds of low-wage employees working for federal contractors in Washington walked out and picketed along Pennsylvania Avenue to urge President Obama to press their employers to raise wages.
Fast Food Workers To Hold One-Day Strike To Protest Low Wages
Strike To Be Held In New York And 5 Other Cities
CBS New York, July 28
New York — Fast food workers in New York and six other cities across the country were set to go on strike Monday, on the grounds that their wages are just too low to live on.
Workers will walk out for a one-day strike at several major and well-known fast food purveyors, including McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC and Wendy’s, according to a Washington Post report.
The walkouts will be held in New York, as well as Chicago; Detroit; Milwaukee; St. Louis; Kansas City; and Flint, Mich., the newspaper reported.
Also, Washington Post: Good Jobs Nation gives voice to low-wage workers at federal buildings, July 3
Also, Washington Post: Low-wage workers strike at Smithsonian museums, July 11