On Thursday, September 4, thousands of fast-food workers walked out on the job in a nationwide wave of demonstrations for a $15 minimum hourly wage and the right to form a union. More than 400 workers and supporters were arrested.
“Keep your burgers, keep your fries, make our wages super sized.”
The video above—created by the Florida chapter of the Service Employees International Union—documents strikes at Burger King and McDonald’s restaurants in the Miami area. The union has spent more than $10 million in the “Fight for $15.”
The video provides an unusually intimate glimpse into the movement. Protesters wave signs and chant “Keep your burgers, keep your fries, make our wages super sized.” Many give personal testimonials about the challenges of living on fast-food wages, even when working full-time.
While Thursday’s day of action is the seventh in a series of one-day strikes, home health aides joined the fight for the first time, adding momentum to the movement for low-wage workers’ rights.