Hundreds of industry workers descended on Los Angeles on Friday to mark the launch of the industry’s first union with plans to win annual raises and other labor protections for fast food cooks and cashiers across California. We gathered.
The new California Fast Food Workers Union, part of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), represents workers at companies like McDonald’s, Pizza Hut and Jack in the Box, and organizers say the final The company hopes to expand its membership to include other employees in the industry. For cooks and cashiers.
The union was joined by Fast Food Workers, SEIU, and the Fight for $15 Movement, which last year fought for the passage of a California law creating the Fast Food Council, which would allow unions and companies to negotiate minimum wages and working conditions. was formed after. First in the industry.
SEIU has reached an agreement with several chains to raise the minimum wage for 500,000 fast food workers to $20 an hour starting in April.
“California’s fast food workers have stepped up and won in one of the world’s largest industries,” one worker said in a video the union posted on social media to celebrate the launch.
joseph bryant SEIU’s international executive vice president noted that the push for labor protections and higher wages in the industry “has been primarily led by Black and Latino cooks and cashiers in California over the past decade.”
Workers said, “What kind of power do we have when we come together to actually stand up to giant corporations like Starbucks, McDonald’s, and Burger King, who have done everything they can to crush workers and crush their causes?” They’re trying to unite the union,” Bryant said. Guardian.
The union will increase the minimum wage by 3.5% over the next three years, protect companies to ensure they have “just cause” to fire workers, and ensure employees work enough hours to earn a living. Regulations and protection will be promoted. Oppose retaliation for organizing.
fight for $15 called The launch was a “historic day.”
“Fast food workers have worked for more than a decade to get here,” the national grassroots organization said. “We’re very excited to be here, but we’re even more excited about what’s to come.”