Memphis Fast-food Workers To Strike On Thursday

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Fast-food workers across the country have been asking for $15 an hour and union rights for two years now, and they're still not having it their way. So on Thursday, December 4th, the anniversary of the first nationwide fast-food strike, workers from 160 cities will walk out on the job in protest.

In Memphis, a "Fight for $15" protest of workers from McDonald's, Wendy's, KFC, Burger King, Domino's, and other fast-food chains, will be held at the corner of Lamar and South Trezevant on December 4th at noon. 

The "Fight for $15" movement has grown beyond the fast-food industry. It now includes airport workers and home-care workers. In some c ities, home-care workers are expected to protest alongside their clients. Thursday's strike comes a week after Walmart workers led strikes to protest the retail giant's alleged threats against workers demanding $15 an hour and more full-time jobs.
 
In September, more than 10 protesters were arrested for blocking traffic at a Memphis fast-food strike. Those arrested were in the street on Poplar just east of White Station. That protest also included workers from St. Louis and Little Rock.

Protesters were arrested for blocking Poplar during a September fast-food strike in Memphis. - CHRIS SHAW
  • Chris Shaw
  • Protesters were arrested for blocking Poplar during a September fast-food strike in Memphis.


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