As a part of growing labor actions in the United States, over 200 fast food workers in New York City from a variety of restaurants walked out on Thursday, striking against the idea that they should be expected to live in one of America’s most expensive cities on $7.25 an hour.
At a Wendy’s in Brooklyn, eleven workers went on strike. Salon.com’s Josh Eidelson reports that ten of them were allowed to return to work after the strike, but that the eleventh was told she would be fired for absenteeism.
“We tried to speak with the general manager that was there, and he wasn’t forthcoming in talking to me,” said New York City Councilmember Jumanne Williams, who supported the strike. “So I decided to ask all of the customers that were there if they would leave in support of the worker that was fired. That did happen – they left. We began to protest in the store.”
After community activists first occupied the store and then picketed outside, the manager agreed to meet with Williams and promptly made sure the eleventh worker would not be fired.
Fast food workers in the city will continue their struggle. “Whatever comes, I’m ready for it. I’m know that I’m not going to give up,” said McDonald’s employee Glenda Soto to Eidelson.
PCCC members supported the strike by turning out to a Times Square rally in support of the workers.