Brooklyn fast food workers set to strike Friday evening

(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Greg Reynoso, 23, says he was fired from his job as a Domino’s Pizza deliveryman because he brought his co-workers to pro-union rallies. Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Workers at several Brooklyn fast food restaurants are planning to strike on Friday evening to rally for higher wages and the freedom to unionize without fear of losing their jobs, New York Daily News reports.

Employees from McDonald’s, Papa John’s Pizza and Domino’s restaurants from across Brooklyn are expected to participate in the dinnertime walkout.

The strike comes after former Domino’s deliveryman, Greg Reynoso, 23, was fired for bringing his co-workers to pro-union rallies during the past year.

“We live in America. Why shouldn’t we have unions?” Reynoso told the News. “We deserve to make more money. How can we live? It’s impossible.”

Hundreds of fast food workers from across the city rallied last November and this past April.

Reynoso said his bosses were already angry with him for demanding more money, but they fired him for taking his co-workers to the marches. He was earning $7.25 per hour.

A Domino’s spokesman said Reynoso was fired because he “grabbed his crotch in an open and obscene manner” and “used profanities.” Reynoso denied the allegations.

The spokesman added that the pizza chain treats workers well enough that unions are not needed, and that deliverymen earn up to $10 per hour including tips.

Friday’s strikes are just the beginning of a nationwide campaign. Thousands of city fast food workers are expected to join the movement – called Fast Food Forward – by protesting on Monday.

Fast Food Forward’s goals include increasing pay to $15 per hour and allowing employees to unionize without risk of losing their jobs.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.

International

Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.

News

OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…

Local

Oval oasis: Summer of fun kicks off this…

A bold partnership between the Fairmount Park Conservancy and the city's Parks and Recreation Department is kicking off this weekend with family activities re-activating this unused public space.

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

Television

'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…

MLB

Jimmy Rollins is key to Phillies success

When John Kruk was asked about what the Phillies need to contend for a playoff berth, the ESPN analyst said Jimmy Rollins needs to play like a MVP again.

MLB

Ben Revere lifts Phillies to avoid sweep

Ben Revere came through with a two-out RBI single against Atlanta’s tough lefthander Alex Wood.

NBA

Season wrap: 76ers make the grade

The 76ers opened the 2013-14 season with a victory over the Miami Heat. The Sixers closed the season with a win at Miami.

NBA

Fantasy basketball: Finding next year's NBA studs

Before we put the 2013-14 fantasy basketball season to bed, it’s worth thinking about next year’s breakouts while they’re fresh in our mind.

Tech

VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.

Tech

#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.

Style

Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.

Wellbeing

Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.