Why We Strike

As underpaid workers we know what it’s like to struggle to get by.

We struggle even to pay our bills and put food on the table for our families. McDonald’s answer? Go on food stamps.

We’re robbed on the job by our employers looking to cut corners. Employers that are multi-billion dollar corporations.

We work hard. We try to do the right thing – whether that means fighting for our country in Iraq or just being a good mom here at home. But we’re still stuck living in poverty.

On top of it all, even McDonald’s knows it takes $15 to get by.

It’s not right. That’s why we strike.

And it’s working. We’ve taken the fight to more than 300 cities in the US and 60 countries across the world on 6 different continents. Now $15 an hour is law in California and New York State. It’s law in Seattle, in Pennsylvania for nursing home and hospital workers, and for municipal employees in countless cities. Mayors, city councils, and state governments across the nation have announced $15 initiatives. The New York Times editorial board endorsed the proposal. 17 million people across the country have already gotten raises. And the presidential candidates have all had to take a stand on $15.

There’s work to do before every worker gets $15 an hour and  union rights – but together, I know that we will win.

Now read how this movement has gone “from laughable to viable,” according to The New York Times. Then like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to stay tuned for what’s next.