• Thousands of fast food and retail employees of nearly 1,000 stores in 60 cities nationwide staged a one-day walkout on August 29, demanding $15 per hour and the right to form a union without retaliation. Employees protested in picket lines and rallies outside stores including McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, Macy’s, and Sears. The strike was the largest since labor, community, and faith-based groups organized the first such event in New York in November 2012; the campaign reported that the most recent walkouts were, collectively, the largest ever in the fast food industry. On August 1, hundreds of workers staged a similar but smaller one-day walkout in seven cities, including Chicago and Milwaukee. The national campaign receives financial and technical support from the Service Employees International Union, but is not officially union-organized.