Fast Food Strike 4.15

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4.15 UN PASO MAS…

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4.15 ONE STEP CLOSER…

Step by step, paso a paso, we are changing the world. Two years ago 200 fast food workers in New York walked out on strike. On April 15, 2015 tens of thousands of low-wage workers stood up across the country, demanding $15 and union rights. Between this time, corporations from Walmart to McDonald’s have raised wages by $1-2 an hour, and cities and states around the country have raised minimum wages.

Here in the Twin Cities on 4.15, 84 striking fast food workers were joined by nearly 2,000 airport workers, home healthcare workers, university workers, retail workers, students and more in a week of action. Two days after the action, Minneapolis City Council unanimously passed a resolution to begin moving policies on a municipal level for paid sick days, fair scheduling, wage theft prevention, and an increase in the minimum wage.

Check out the 4.15 actions in the Twin Cities below…

5:30am McDonald’s Lake & 2nd

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Long before the crack of dawn, when thousands of workers are making their way to low-wage jobs around the metro area, the fast food strike began in the Twin Cities. Striking workers were joined by around 200 community allies for an action at the McDonald’s at Lake Street and 2nd in South Minneapolis.

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At 6:30am workers began a program with many community allies, including:

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Airport workers

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Home Healthcare workers

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Retail janitors

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University students

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High school students from Greater Minnesota

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We were also joined unexpectedly by Corporate Greed

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But striking workers were not deterred. Together we delivered a letter to the McDonald’s manager.

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We then prepared for afternoon actions. As we led delegations to stores throughout the metro area, many other workers joined the strike. We also found out that Popeyes on Lake Street was shut down the entire day!

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Look closely at the door – there is a note posted that the store was closed for the day!

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Delegation to speak with workers

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New workers join the strike

4:30-6:30 Rally and March to Dinkytown McDonald’s

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1,500 people marched for $15 an hour and union rights!

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Thank you Uchechukwu Iroegbu, Ryan Stopera, and Chris Juhn for the photos! Check out our Facebook page for more pictures.