Fast-food workers rally in push for higher wages

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Fast-food restaurant employees, security guards and other workers were scheduled to conduct strikes and rallies Wednesday in their effort to gain a $15-an-hour wage.

Organizers with Service Employees International Union-United Service Workers West said adjunct professors, home care workers, Walmart employees and others will join the job actions.

The rally was specifically chosen for tax day to bring attention that to the fact that many workers make so little money that they rely on government assistance to get by, according to the SEIU-USWW.

Strikes and rallies are set to take place in 200 U.S. cities. In San Diego, security officers will demonstrate at 11 a.m. outside Symphony Towers at 750 B St.

Other strikes will take place at 7 a.m. at a McDonald’s restaurant at 2345 El Cajon Blvd.; at 8:30 a.m, at a Sonic Drive-in, 2829 El Cajon Blvd.; at noon at the State Building, 1350 Front St.; and at 1:30 p.m. at the City Heights/Weingart Library, 3795 Fairmount Ave.

Two afternoon events are scheduled at San Diego State University. At 3:30 p.m., home care workers will rally on Campanile Mall, between the Music Building and Open Air Theatre. At 4:30 p.m., a rally will be held for all types of workers on the Scripps Lawn near Hepner Hall.

Fast-food workers began calling for hourly pay of $15 more than two years ago in New York City. Since then, a minimum wage of $15 an hour has been adopted in cities like Portland, San Francisco and Seattle.

In San Diego, an effort to enact a minimum wage of $11.50 was derailed when business groups collected enough petition signatures to force the issue to the ballot. A public vote is likely next year.

6 comments

  • Jerry

    Look, I understand sometimes you fall on hard times but these kinds of jobs should only be temporary! I was poor when I was young, my parents barely made enough to feed us and they worked HARD. They’d get up 12:00am-1:00am and come home 1:00pm-2:00pm. They didn’t speak the language. This wasn’t their country. They worked hard for us to survive and have a chance at a better life. I took that chance and went to school, paid attention, did my work and actually learned. I then put myself through school after graduating high school so I can have a better job than my parents and provide for them as a thank you to their sacrifice.

    I clawed my way to where I am now.

    No handouts, no asking for money unless I earned it. All while I still see friends who got stuck in their High School mindset. No ambition, no desire to better themselves even if their parents worked like crazy to raise them. They completely ignored the fact that they live in a prosperous country with many opportunities (compared to others), speak the language, and have support from their families. Even with all that they decided a fast food job would be the easiest route to take, or just that going to college or vocational school was too hard. (I’m not talking about everyone in these jobs, I’m talking about those who I grew up around with the same opportunities as I)

    If they truly want to have better wages, they need to find better jobs. I know its hard, I’ve been unemployed. I know what its like to not know if I will be able to eat for a day, let alone pay my bills. But I didn’t give up, I studied and worked and got to where I am because of it. Yes, these are huge corporations that make Billions of dollars who could afford to pay their workers more. But we shouldn’t rely on them to pay those who didn’t take the time, didn’t stay up studying, didn’t feel the pain to better themselves.

    • Bella

      100% agree with Jerry. People study and work really hard to get good paying jobs. I am shocked and angry that people might get paid $15 an hour just because of a strike. Are you kidding me?? If you want to earn $15 or more an hour, go to school and get a better job!!! Nothing should be handed on a silver platter! If fast food workers earn that much for not having a proper education and pretty much BEGGING for it, then educated hard working people should earn a lot more. Seriously, wake up and do something with your lives!!!!

  • Paula

    Don’t they know that if the minimum wage is raised, they will be out of a job? How many restaurants and mom and pop places can afford that? It’s ridiculous! Fast food jobs should only be temporary or for teenagers looking to earn money for college.

  • twitchy666

    I feel the same way as all the commenters before mine .
    The thing wrong with this country is people always demanding like they deserve it .
    Low paying jobs – welfare offices etc .
    I’d fire all these people rallying .
    Like alot of my bosses used to say
    “If ya dont like the job ? Quit !!! ”
    What I cant understand is these lazy union members-Construction, Carpenter’s, etc making the wage they are making 40+an hr to start where a non union worker in that same trade makes 1/2 that if not less and has to bust his azz to make it while the union guy doesnt have to .
    What a joke !!!

  • Richard Rider

    Don’t be conned by the “strikers.” Only a tiny fraction of them are actually ON STRIKE.

    Most don’t “flip hamburgers” at all — but are rather union members from other industries (often paid to attend), coupled with the usual cabal of left wing activists. The few that DO flip hamburgers are usually not skipping work (a.k.a. “on strike”) — they are off work on their own time. It’s likely that not more than 1 out of 100 such “strikers” are honest-to-Goodness “on strike.”

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