The next round of protests from fast food workers will take place on Thursday, when people in more than 100 cities will stage sit-ins or walk off the job as they seek a $15 minimum wage. “On Thursday, we are prepared to take arrests to show our commitment to the growing fight for $15,” Terrence Wise, a Burger King employee and a member of the fast-food workers’ national organizing committee, told The New York Times.
The strike is the latest in the Service Employees International Union's two-year effort to pressure lawmakers and employers to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, up from $7.25. During a nationwide protest held May 15, workers in several countries across the world protested in solidarity. And unlike past protests, unions are also encouraging the nation's 2 million home-care workers to participate in the day's protests to put more pressure on cities.
On Labor Day, President Obama renewed his support for a raise in the minimum wage — to $10.10 an hour. At an event hosted by the A.F.L.-C.I.O. Obama said that American workers deserve a raise and, if he was a fast food worker and “wanted an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work, I’d join a union.”