Atlanta fast-food workers set to strike in demand of $15 hourly wage

Atlanta fast-food workers plan to wage a strike Thursday demanding the right to a union at chains such as McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s.

A “Unions for All” march is scheduled to take place at Washington Park, 102 Ollie St., at 11:30 a.m., a Service Employees International Union press release said. Cooks and cashiers will then go on strike outside the McDonald’s at 912 Martin Luther King Drive SW to demand fast-food chains pay workers $15 an hour.

The workers intend to tell candidates and elected officials that “in order to win this November, they must fight for policies that increase wages and give workers the right to join together in a union,” the statement said. After the strike, they will begin an election canvass, knocking on doors to urge people to elect candidates who will support workers organizing to win a union.

The press release listed Shannan Reaze, executive director of Atlanta Jobs with Justice, and Labor Commissioner candidate Richard Keatley as event attendees. Such protests demanding a higher minimum wage and right to union representation have happened for years, and similar events are scheduled to take place across the country this week.

Earlier this week, Amazon announced it will raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour for all of its U.S. employees. Atlanta is a contender for the company's second headquarters.

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