LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A planned labor strike could keep Angelenos from getting a burger at their favorite fast food restaurant next week.
Hundreds of thousands of workers at McDonald’s locations nationwide, including tens of thousands in the Los Angeles area, plan to stage a walkout on Aug. 29 to demand a $15-per-hour “living wage” and pave the way for formal collective bargaining talks.
Organizers with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) say the strike was designed to put pressure on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage from its current $7.25, which many of an estimated nearly 4 million fast food workers nationwide say is no longer livable.
In addition to planned walkouts at several McDonald’s locations, Wendy’s and Taco Bell restaurants are also potential targets.
Martin Rafanan, a community organizer in St. Louis, told KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO workers simply want to be paid their fair share.