Thousands strike in Detroit, Europe for higher wages, an end to sexual harassment following new class action lawsuit

Just days after McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook was fired for an inappropriate relationship, the Fight for $15 — in partnership with the ACLU and Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund — filed a new class action lawsuit against McDonald’s for a “culture of sexual harassment.”

Enough is enough.

That’s why hundreds of Fight for $15 workers went on strike in the streets of Detroit yesterday, braving record cold temperatures to demand unions for all, $15/hour, and an end to sexual harassment.

We were joined by Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, and presidential candidates including Kamala Harris, Julián Castro, Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar, Joe Biden, and Bernie Sanders expressed their support.

Later that day, former McDonald’s employee Janna Ries spoke out about the sexual harassment she experienced at a Michigan franchise — and why it’s time for change:

Our movement is winning. And our momentum went beyond Detroit yesterday.

Workers all across the world joined together for a #FastFoodGlobal Day of Action — calling out exploitation from McDonald’s and the fast food industry and demanding higher wages and union rights.

Workers took action everywhere including Canada, Belgium, France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Brazil, and Chile.

It was a day of global solidarity, with hundreds of workers coming together across the world for better pay, an end to sexual harassment, and more protections on the job. When solidarity crosses borders, our movement becomes unstoppable.

Check out and share this video recapping our momentous day.