Boston fast food workers stage walk-offs, rallies over wages
Hundreds of Boston fast food workers planned to walk off their jobs Thursday as part of the largest-ever strike to hit the $200 billion industry.
According to organizers, low-wage employees at Burger King, Wendy’s, Popeye’s, McDonald’s, Dunkin Donuts and KFC are calling for $15 an hour, as well as the right to form a union “without retaliation or unfair labor practices.”
“Low-wage work has accounted for the bulk of new jobs added since the recession,” Melonie Griffiths, an organizing director for Massachusetts Jobs With Justice, said in a statement. “There is a common misconception that most fast-food workers are teenagers. The average fast-food worker is an adult, often with a family that they need to support.”According to strike organizers, there are 4.1 million workers employed nationwide in the fast food industry and the median wage is $8.94 an hour.
The walkouts were expected to culminate this afternoon with rallies in Copley, Roslindale and Boston Common, organizers said.
The strike follow walkouts by fast-food workers in seven cities earlier this summer.