SEIU organizers estimate that “thousands” of fast food workers in 150 cities across six continents participated in the 10th and largest walkout protest in their ongoing campaign to raise wages to $15 per hour. Despite the series of walkouts, no major fast food company has opened negotiations with the organizers. The companies, including McDonald’s, Burger King, and Yum Brands, owner of KFC, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut, responded that they provide hundreds of thousands of entry level jobs each year, complete with training and development, and that the campaign hurts independent small businesses that own and operate individual franchises.
Three hundred Teamsters working at a Pepsi Co. distribution facility in Indianapolis, Ind. Announced that they would be going on strike after the union rejected the company’s latest five-year contract offer. The union says health care and retirement costs remain at issue in negotiations between the two sides.
Local 8 Carpenters at the Pennsylvania Convention center are on strike after contract negotiations fell apart with the center’s management. No further negotiations are currently scheduled between the two sides, and a spokesperson for the center stated that it was unlikely an agreement would be reached in the near future.
Mothers who work at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. are encouraged to strike nationwide during the week of June 2, to coincide with the annual shareholders’ meeting on June 6. Making Change at Walmart organizers are calling for mothers to participate in strikes led by the Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart), a volunteer coalition of workers. The strike is scheduled to take place in more than 20 cities nationwide. Both Making Change at Walmart and OUR Walmart receive support from the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW). The groups are seeking to improve working conditions for the company’s hourly workers, including guaranteed annual pay of $25,000, and schedules that allow mothers to work 40 hours a week.