Fast Food Workers In California Form Labor Union

Fast Food Workers In California Form Labor Union

Fast food workers are standing up for themselves and unionizing in California.

The Washington Post reports:

“Hundreds of fast-food workers in California will join a new union Friday, a first of its kind for the industry.


The California Fast Food Workers Union will be affiliated with the powerful Service Employees International Union, which is also the force that was behind the Fight for $15 campaign, aimed at raising minimum wage.

Union leaders say they want to build on years of national organizing that has led to improved pay and working conditions in the low-wage industry.

‘We really hope this can be a model for workers not just in the state of California and not just in fast food, but throughout the country to have a voice to advocate for wages and standards,’ said Joseph Bryant, executive vice president of Service Employees International Union.

Unlike a traditional union, the fast-food worker’s union is launching as a so-called minority union representing a small share of the industry’s workers with the goal of expanding its ranks, though the union could face challenges in growing its ranks. Workers who join the union will pay $20 in monthly membership dues in exchange for union resources and support.

The workers are employed at McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, Jack in the Box, Carl’s Jr. and Subway, among others, according to SEIU. Calls to those companies were not returned early Friday.”

For the rest of the story, visit The Washington Post here.

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