Low Wage Workers Plan Nationwide Strike

Low-wage workers urged to strike on Aug. 29

Monday, Aug 19, 2013  |  Updated 1:01 PM CDT
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Fast food and retail workers are stepping up their efforts for an increase in salary.

According to a news release and a video posted on LowPayisnotOK.com, workers are being urged to participate in a nationwide strike on August 29.

Workers have been protesting over the past few months in numerous cities in an attempt to coerce their employers to increase salaries to $15 an hour.

The workers are also seeking the right to form a union without receiving retaliation.

Workers at McDonald's, Burger King and Wendy's are expected to join the strike, along with retail workers at stores like Macy's, Sears and Dollar Tree, according to a news release.

Local strikes this year have targeted workers in eight cities (New York, Chicago, St. Louis, Detroit, Milwaukee, Seattle, Kansas City and Flint), but organizers are calling on low-wage workers around the country to join in the upcoming demonstration.

Locally, the effort is led by Workers Organizing Committee of Chicago, who created a Fight for 15 campaign.

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