Today, fast food workers around the world will engage in a one-day strike calling for higher wages and the right to form a union. The events are taking place on May 15 as a symbol of the $15 wage that is being asked for by workers in the U.S. Actions are planned in more than 150 cities around the United States and in 30 other countries, according to Josh Eidelson. Thousands of workers are expected to participate and many cities will be seeing their first fast food strikes.
The strikes are part of a growing trend where workers are refusing to sit by while their increasing productivity leads to greater corporate profits but that has little effect on stagnant or declining wages and benefits:
"We've gone global," said Ashley Cathey, a McDonald's worker from Memphis, Tenn., who makes $7.75 an hour after six years on the job. "Our fight has inspired workers around the world to come together."
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