Some of the largest fast food chains, McDonalds, with 14,100 stores nationwide, BurgerKing, KFC, Wendys and a non fast food store, Macys, have already been on strike in 7 states. There are a few more chains that are involved as well. They have demanded salaries be moved up from an average of $9.02/hour to $16.00/hour and also want to establish unions without having reprisals for doing so from the companies. So far, the companies have not confronted this issue with much concern and now the employees of these companies are threatening a nationwide strike. Should that happen, the hurt would be felt deeply for these companies as it would then bring in the consumer into the mix. These companies need to sit down and hash this out, $16.00/hour is unreasonable, but a middle of the road compromise can and should be found and as soon as possible. This needs to be a win-win situation to avoid another economic problem for our country.
- SEIU goes after fast food chains in NYC and other cities (terrortrials.blogspot.com)
- ‘This is really a cry for help’: Striking fast food worker describes his struggle to survive (rawstory.com)