On September 4, 2014, thousands of fast food workers in 150 cities throughout the United States staged their 11th single-day strike, continuing their call for fast food restaurants to pay a $15 minimum wage and acknowledge employees’ union rights. For the first time, however, protesters coordinated their efforts with acts of civil disobedience, including intentionally blocking traffic and ignoring police warnings. Also, fast food workers in five cities received support on the picket lines from home health care workers.
On September 17, 2014, approximately 50 baggage handlers, passenger services employees, skycaps, and wheel chair attendants at JFK airport in New York walked off the job to call attention to their contract employer Alstate Maintenance LLC’s efforts to block an organizing campaign by the SEIU. The union claimed the strike was additionally intended to call attention to various unfair labor practices.