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News :: Labor
Video/Photos: Fast Food Workers Strike and Protest low wages-Boston Protest-Aug. 29, 2013
30 Aug 2013
Modified: 09:46:52 AM
Downtown Boston-Aug. 29, 2013:
Boston fast food low wage workers protested for a $15 an hour wage and good benefits.

Photos:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/protestphotos1/sets/72157635287554833/detai
Video:
http://youtu.be/97cgJxv6BMM
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Downtown Boston-Aug. 29, 2013:
Boston fast food low wage workers protested for a $15 an hour wage and good benefits.After a spirited rally, people marched to the nearby McDonalds and Burger King, where some of the politicians and protesters got inside, despite the Boston Police guarding the doorway(on posted video).

From SEIU posting:
Today, right at this very moment, thousands of workers in cities across the country – from Los Angeles, to Peoria, Hartford, Tampa and many more – are on a National Strike against low pay.
Help us send the fast food chains we work for a message that they can’t ignore.
Letter from a fast food worker-
Here's the letter:

To McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King, Taco Bell, KFC, Pizza Hut, Domino’s and Papa John’s:
We have a huge economic problem in this country. It's you and the rest of the fast food industry.
Together, your restaurants employ millions of people. Millions of people, mostly adults, who can't afford rent if they want to eat. Who can't afford health care if they want to pay their bus fare.
Millions of people, and more than 25% of them are parents who can't afford school supplies if they have to buy school shoes.
Last year your combined profits were $7.35 billion. Yet you still paid most of your workers less than $11,200 a year – poverty wages. It’s shameful. And outrageous.
We're speaking out together because it has to change. We’re rising up as Americans to say it’s no longer a matter of WHETHER you will raise wages; it's a matter of WHEN. Your companies can do this right now – you have the power to raise wages for your workers today.
Are you mad as hell, like we are, at the fast food chains who are paying poverty wages?
Then add your name to our open letter and spread the word about the National Strike.
In Unity,
Nancy Salgado
Striking McDonald's worker

Several Boston mayoral candidates hopped on to the bandwagon to speak; including new US Senator Ed Markey, who was greeted with shouts of "no war on Syria ". After Markey spoke, I asked him a question 3 times-"why do you vote for the wars?"-
he ignored me and I could tell he was embarassed-
I then said to him-"thank you for no answer".
I caught the encounter on my video linked below-its at the 9:48 mark.We have to confront our politicians with the truth whenever we get the very rare opportunity.
Photos:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/protestphotos1/sets/72157635287554833/detai
Video:
http://youtu.be/97cgJxv6BMM

www.massuniting.org
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