Nashville Fast Food Workers Strike to Send Message to McDonalds: “McDonald’s Is Ripping Us All Off”
“These McJob’s Aren’t Just Hurting Workers, They Are Hurting Communities And Our Economy,” Workers Say
Nashville, TN- Workers in Nashville, Memphis and Knoxville TN will join a nation-wide, 24-hour strike by workers in the fast food industry. The April 14 strike comes on the heels of an unprecedented series of pay increases, with workers in California and New York winning $15/hr, and the largest employer in Pennsylvania, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, announcing it will pay workers $15/hr. Nursing home workers in Pennsylvania also recently won $15/hr. Cities including Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles have raised their minimum wage to $15/hr. Home care workers in Massachusetts and Oregon won $15/hr statewide minimum wages. Companies including Facebook, Aetna, Amalgamated Bank, and Nationwide Insurance have raised pay to $15/hr or higher; and workers in nursing homes, public schools and hospitals have won $15/hr via collective bargaining.
Across Tennessee, the state with the highest percentage of minimum wage earners, workers from fast food and various other industries will be rallying to call attention the need for higher wages and union rights. The movement has had a tremendous influence, inspiring law-makers such as State Representative G.A. Hardaway to fight to raise the state’s minimum wage.
At the center of the fight is a demand McDonald’s, the world’s second largest employer, end a business model that not only harms the workers, but sets standards and influences working conditions across industries. Workers are striking days before tax day to call attention to the fact that low wages force them to use public assistance while large corporations manipulate the system to avoid paying taxes.
“I’ve worked in McDonald’s for 4 years. I’ve looked for other jobs, but so many jobs in healthcare, hospitality and food service pay minimum wage or slightly above,” said Deanna Gonzalez. “That’s because McDonald’s set a standard of paying the workers the lowest amount possible, no matter how much profit they earn for their companies.”
What: 24-hour strike, rally for living wages and union rights
Who: Fast food workers, community organizations and various legislator
Where and When:
10:15 A.M. CT: Rally at McDonald’s at Charlotte Pike and 48th Ave N
6:00 P.M. CT: Rally at McDonald’s on West End and 27th Ave