Fast Food Strikes, NYC, July 2013

Hundreds of fast food workers in seven cities across the U.S. walked out on their jobs Monday demanding a “living wage,” or double what many are making now. More strikes are expected this week in what’s become one of the biggest pushes to organize the industry’s historically disjointed workforce. Time Magazine

This is the message of the strikers:

We can’t survive on $7.25!

In America, people who work hard should be able to afford basic necessities like groceries, rent, childcare and transportation.

While fast food corporations reap the benefits of record profits, workers are barely getting by— many are forced to be on public assistance despite having a job.

Raising pay for fast food workers will benefit workers and strengthen the overall economy.  http://www.fastfoodforward.org

This is a moment of truth for anyone who calls him/herself a “progressive”, this is the real thing, this is about the basics, the sort of thing the left came into existence for, it is about hard working people mired and trapped in poverty, men and women who are trying to organize, form unions and fight for decent pay and working conditions…

This is certainly a defining, “put up or shut up” moment for the what is left of the left. These workers should not be left to struggle alone, theirs is the fight of everyone, everywhere, who works for wages. It would be beautiful if the Occupy Movement came out and all other progressive organizations came out en masse in their support. The real thing, the old fashioned, shoulder to shoulder, slogan shouting left… all about the dignity of work and workers.

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Sign their petition:

Today, fast food workers from across New York City are marking the 45th anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by standing up for what’s right and going on strike to demand better wages and the right to form a union without intimidation. Like the sanitation workers who Dr. King marched with in Memphis before his death, we are standing up for dignity and respect for all workers. Standing up takes courage. Your support helps us know we are doing what’s right and we cannot be ignored. Please join us today!http://www.fastfoodforward.org/en/petition

The image/message below is making the rounds of Facebook:

Mental Health Awareness Week

For me, this message from the “Mental Health Awareness Week” relates directly to the Fast Food Strikes.

Imagine the “depression, anxiety and panic attacks” suffered while trying to raise a family on an American minimum wage.

The final exhortation also applies: “Share the support! Let those who struggle know they are not alone…”

Cross posted from: http://seaton-newslinks.blogspot.com