Hundreds of McDonald’s workers walked off the job in 13 cities on May 23 to call for a minimum wage of $15 per hour and expanded rights in their workplace, including protection from sexual harassment. The labor action came the same week as employees in 20 cities filed sexual harassment complaints against the fast food company.
“Sexual harassment is not something you should have to endure no matter how desperately you need a job,” said Maribel Hoyos, who recently quit her job at a McDonald’s restaurant in Tucson, Arizona.
Workers are also demanding the right to unionize and bargain collectively.
McDonald’s has claimed the company is not accountable for what happens at its restaurants, most of which are independently owned franchises. The striking workers argue that McDonald’s is a “joint employer” and shares responsibility with the independent owners.
The strike, which shut down 10 restaurants in St. Louis, was timed to coincide with McDonald’s annual shareholder meeting. Protesters also appeared outside the Dallas hotel where the meeting was held.
Vox, May 23
The Wall Street Journal, May 23