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SAN DIEGO FAST-FOOD WORKERS ARRESTED IN FIGHT FOR $15 AND UNION RIGHTS

Local strikers among thousands walking off their jobs in 150 cities as movement intensifies

Nine San Diego fast-food workers and two community supporters were arrested Thursday morning as part of a national strike calling for wages of $15 an hour and the right to form a union without retaliation.

Dozens of striking workers from 19 restaurants gathered in City Heights, along with about 300 supporters, for a peaceful demonstration in front of a McDonald’s, a Burger King, and a Jack in the Box. They rallied at the intersection over Interstate 15, briefly blocking traffic. The workers were arrested for civil disobedience after they sat in the middle of the intersection, linking arms and chanting “We believe that we will win.”

Before he was arrested, McDonald’s worker Jay Ames said he was willing to make that sacrifice for a better future for himself and his coworkers. “I’m tired of making $9 an hour. I can’t live off it. None of us can.  I’m tired of being afraid I might be homeless because I can’t afford the rent here.”

Marie Kaio, a Burger King employee for 35 years, also was arrested. She said by the end of each month she has to survive on bologna sandwiches and food from churches and her family. “I love my job and I always welcome people with a smile, but $9 an hour isn’t enough,” Kaio said at a 6 a.m. rally. “I’m going out on strike because I deserve $15 and a union.”

All 11 arrested were released within a few hours. Click here for a short CPI video showing the action and arrests.

 

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San Diego Fast-Food Workers to Attend National Convention to Escalate Fight for Better Wages, Stronger Economy

More than 1,000 Travel to Chicago to Escalate Campaign for $15/Hour and Union 

Vowing to do whatever it takes for $15 and the right to form a union, San Diego fast-food workers will head to the Windy City July 25-26 to escalate a campaign that has entirely changed the politics of the country. 

More than 1,000 fast-food workers from 50 cities, activists and elected officials will come together at the first-ever nationwide convention. Speakers will include Rep Keith Ellison (D-MN), North Carolina NAACP President the Rev. William Barber II and SEIU President Mary Kay Henry. During the convention, workers will engage in leadership trainings, strategize about how to escalate the campaign and share their experiences leading the fight for higher pay.

“I’m traveling to Chicago to learn from the successes of fast-food workers across the country. We can empower one another. When we return, we won’t stop until we win $15 per hour and the right to form a union,” said Anthony Eames, a father and longtime Burger King employee. Eames struggles to make ends meet. He stated that better wages and a union would help create more stability for his family. 

Since New York City fast-food workers first walked off their jobs in November 2012, the workers’ campaign has spread to every corner of the country – and globe – and helped spur historic campaigns to raise the minimum wage.

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SDCTA’s report ignores the real needs of hundreds of thousands of hard-working San Diegans

Statement from Clare Crawford, Executive Director, Center on Policy Initiatives:

The “Minimum Wage & Poverty” report presented by the San Diego County Taxpayer’s Association is riddled with inconsistencies and assertions that are not backed by data, and it ignores the real needs of hundreds of thousands of hard-working San Diegans.

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We Are the 89%: San Diego Fast-Food Employees and Religious Leaders Take Action Against Wage Theft

Outrage grows as new poll shows stealing from employees is rampant industry wide

San Diego – Fast-food employees and community and faith leaders took action Thursday against systemic and illegal wage theft in the industry—just days after the first-ever national poll of fast-food employees showed companies like McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s are stealing money from 89 percent of their employees.

The action comes as two former McDonald’s managers spoke out for the first time about how they were forced to steal from employees’ checks. In a video made public Tuesday, the managers talk about how they shaved time off of employees’ schedules, among other practices, so they wouldn’t “blow labor,” or spend more than they were supposed to, on employees.

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We Are the 89%: San Diego Fast-Food Workers Hit by Wage Theft to Hold Action

Outrage grows as new poll shows stealing from employees is rampant industry wide 

San Diego – Fast-food workers and community and faith leaders will hold an action Thursday against systemic and illegal wage theft in the industry—just days after the first-ever national poll of fast-food workers showed companies like McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s are stealing money from 89 percent of their employees.

The action comes as two former McDonald’s managers speak out for the first time about how they were forced to steal from workers’ checks. In a video made public Tuesday, the managers talk about how they shaved time off of workers schedules, among other practices, so they wouldn't “blow labor,” or spend more than they were supposed to, on workers.

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