11/28/2016 4:15:55 PM
Strikes by McDonald’s fast-food cooks and cashiers from coast to coast, baggage handlers and cabin cleaners at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Uber drivers in two-dozen cities, hospital workers in Pittsburgh and other fast-food workers, combined with mass civil disobedience by working Americans across the service economy, will headline a nationwide Fight for $15 day of disruption Tuesday that includes workers in Charleston.
In addition to the strikes demanding $15 and union rights, the workers will wage their most disruptive protests yet to show they will not back down in the face of newly-elected politicians and newly-empowered corporate special interests who threaten an extremist agenda to move the country to the right. The protests, at nearly 20 major airports, which serve 2 million passengers a day, and outside McDonald’s restaurants from Durham to Denver, will underscore that any efforts to block wage increases, gut workers’ rights or healthcare, deport immigrants, or support racism or racist policies, will be met with unrelenting opposition by workers in the Fight for $15.
Here in Charleston, McDonald’s and other fast-food workers will walk off their jobs at 6 am, demanding $15 and union rights. And at 5 pm, workers across the service economy will be joined by community leaders and elected officials as they risk arrest in front of the McDonald’s in downtown Charleston.
Galvanized by the election and frustrated with an economy that is rigged for the rich, airport, fast-food, home care, higher education and child care workers organized the massive demonstrations to mark the fourth anniversary of the Fight for $15, a movement that has won raises for 22 million Americans since it started in 2012.
Tuesday, Nov. 29: Schedule of Charleston Actions and Events
6:00 a.m. Striking fast-food workers, community allies, and clergy gather for protest at McDonald’s 2500 Ashely Phosphate Rd., North Charleston
5 p.m. Fast food workers, community allies, elected officials protest and risk arrest at McDonald’s, 230 Spring Street, Charleston