The fast-food industry was warned about today’s global protest, so they should have been ready for it… it was pretty big.
Workers in 150 American cities participated in today’s strike, with newcomers like Philadelphia and Miami joining the movement for a $15 per hour wage and the formation of a union. In addition, protests took place in countries as diverse as Germany and Malawi. In all, 33 countries took part.
But perhaps most surprising were the protests that took place in the American South.
“In what may be Opelika’s [in Alabama] first labor protest ever and the latest so far, in piecemeal worker grumblings in right-to-work states that are anti-union and proud, local McDonald’s and Burger King employees are joining today’s #FastFoodGlobal strikes.” Far fewer people walked out in the South than in other places. But the fact that it happened is significant.
The labor market has changed over the past few years and as a result, it looks like the fast food industry will have to change as well.