Tuesday, July 30, 2013

SEIU goes after fast food chains in NYC and other cities

Low Pay is NOT Okay
Let the people strike!
We're worth more!
This is incredible.
Just this morning, fast food employees in New York City, St. Louis, and Kansas City courageously walked off of their jobs to demand better pay and better treatment.
And more strikes are on the way, so I need you to help clear the way for the workers to strike. Speak up and tell the fast food chains not to retaliate against these brave workers.
I've seen first hand what a difference it makes when people like you and I stand together. My name is Jumaane Williams and I'm a city councilmember in New York City. I was there when Shalonda Williams was temporarily fired from Wendy's after she went on a one-day strike – but because people like us had her back, she was reinstated that same day. That's what happens when we stand together.
Shalonda is like so many fast food workers across the country. She makes minimum wage. She has a 2-year-old son at home. She wants to work 40 hours a week, but gets 30 at most. And she can't make ends meet on the $230 or so she takes home each week.
The truth is, big fast food chains – Wendy's, McDonald's, Burger King, Domino's, Dunkin' Donuts and others – wish they could fire every single person like Shalonda who stands up for better pay. These companies want to take away workers' right to strike to limit workers' power and hold down wages. But people like you and I can stop them.
It's downright shameful that folks who work in fast food don't get paid enough to make ends meet, while the chains they work for make tremendous profits. With strikes spreading across the country this week we're starting to change that. It won't be easy, and the brave workers wouldn't have the courage to stand up for what's right and risk their jobs if people like you didn't have their backs.
Thanks in advance for taking action today.
Jumaane Williams
New York City Councilmember

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