Fast Food workers demanding a $15 minimum wage in over 300 U.S. cities held demonstrations this past Labor Day. In New Orleans, Mc Donald Employees at 2757 Canal Street and 1918 Broad Street held protest and rallies outside their work place.
“Good union jobs in factories once created stable, secure work that allowed families to thrive,” said Mary Kay Henry, International President of the Service Employees International Union, the largest organization of healthcare workers in the United States. “Hospital work and other service work is now the backbone of our economy, but too many Americans who work in these jobs are falling behind. It’s time to rewrite the rules so people doing today’s service work can form unions, raise wages, and lift up millions of families.”
Workers from Memphis, St. Louis, New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Washington D.C. all held unified demonstrations. Many of these workers are fighting for unions.
“America needs unions,” U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders said Tuesday in a video released in support of the Labor Day strikes and protests. “Unions are the only way workers have ever gotten ahead in this country. And today, unions are the only shot for workers to take back the country and fight back against corporate interests that have rigged the system against them.”
Organized under the rally name “Fight for $15,” leaders of the rally along with Service Employees International Union announced it would hold a series of demonstrations and sessions that would inform the public on electing leaders who support a $15/hour minimum wage and union rights.