It appears Service Employees International Union officials continue ploughing money and workers into an organizing campaign directed towards fast-food workers. These workers so far have not responded to the SEIU’s overtures, and disruption of their workplace is unlikely to convince anyone to join. Demonstrations are set for tomorrow. Sean Higgins has the story in the Washington Examiner.
Organizers behind a series of strikes in the fast food industry over the last few months are promising another round Thursday, claiming there will be events in 100 cities, including Boston; Chicago; Denver; Hartford, Conn.; Houston; Los Angeles; Memphis, Tenn.; New York; Oakland, Calif.; Raleigh, N.C.; and Tampa, Fla.
The strikes are being organized by the nonprofit group Fast Food Forward, which last led a round of strikes in late August. The group is calling for a base $15 an hour wage at restaurants like McDonald’s, Wendy’s and KFC, many of which only pay minimum wage. Big Labor is heavily involved. In a July press release, Fast Food Forward said that “Service Employees International Union is providing financial and technical support to the campaigns and is lending staff to help train organizers on the ground in each of the cities.”