Phoenix Fast Food Workers Plan to Strike, Call for $15 Minimum Wage
Fast-food workers and supporters at a May rally outside a South Phoenix Burger King.
Some Phoenix fast food workers plan to go on strike this week in an effort to call for union rights and a $15-an-hour minimum wage.
Phoenix is one of 150 cities across the country where fast-food workers plan to protest on Thursday, with the backing of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).
"I hope they actually hear us out because we have grown a lot [as a movement]," Phoenix McDonald's employee Viri Molina tells New Times.
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Since the "Fight for $15" campaign started, two cities have actually adopted a $15-an-hour wage -- Seattle and San Francisco. Meanwhile, Walmart workers backed by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) also have held public demonstrations calling for a $15 minimum wage.
Arizona's minimum wage is currently $7.90 an hour, and will increase to $8.05 an hour on January 1.
According to an announcement from the SEIU, home care and airport workers will also be joining in the nationwide protests on Thursday.
Molina tells us this will be her second time publicly speaking out for a higher wage, and urges fellow workers to join her.
"They shouldn't be having fears about anything, because we are [protected by] our rights," she says.
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