April 1, 2016
Fight for $15 and a union to turn up the heat in Durham, worldwide
Fresh off major victories in California, New York, and Pennsylvania, the Fight for $15 and union rights announced this week that April 14th will see the movement’s ‘biggest-ever’ global strike and protests.
“Fast-food workers will go on strike in a record 300 cities and tens of thousands of underpaid workers—including home care, child care and higher education workers” in 40 countries across 6 continents.
That includes Durham, North Carolina, where Raise Up for $15 will rally its members, supporters, and everyone else fed up with billions in profits for companies like McDonalds and impossible choices faced by working people – like paying bills vs. feeding families.
What: April 14 strike and rally for $15 and union rights
When: 5:00 PM, Thursday, April 14
Where: McDonald’s, 102 E Morgan St, Durham, NC 27701
Who: Underpaid fast-food, home care, and child care workers and university faculty, joined by union members and community supporters
Why is the global strike and protest on April 14 necessary?
American families are being forced to scrape by because big corporations are ripping off workers, ripping off taxpayers, and ripping off communities. To get richer and richer, big corporations manipulate the rules to avoid paying fair wages and their fair share of taxes, forcing working people and taxpayers to foot the bill. As a result, workers and communities are being starved of the money needed to build a bright future, and left with impossible choices over how to care for their children and elderly parents and how to meet their basic expenses.
The workers’ protests, timed to hit just before Tax Day, will zero in on McDonald’s, highlighting how the world’s second-largest employer and the industry leader in the fast food and service economies is driving a race to the bottom that is undercutting wages across the economy and resulting in nearly 64 million workers being paid less than $15. The workers will also highlight how McDonald’s tax avoidance around the globe hurts governments, workers, taxpayers and consumers.