Congratulations to our partners at Coalition for Economic Justice, who successfully coordinated the arrival of the Fight for $15 in Buffalo. CEJ's recap follows:
Release Date: December 12, 2014
Thank you everyone who joined in solidarity with fast-food workers who went on strike here in Buffalo for the first time on December 4. Brave fast-food workers in Buffalo joined the nationwide Fight for $15 movement last Thursday by going on strike with thousands of other fast-food workers across the country. The fast-food workers led a march down Main Street with over 100 community supporters and rallied outside McDonald’s, Burger King, and Wendy’s to demand $15 an hour and the right to join a union without retaliation.
Later, at an afternoon press conference and protest in front of Wendy’s, City of Buffalo Common Council members David Rivera and Michael LoCurto joined the workers in solidarity and NYS Assembly member Sean Ryan, Senator-Elect Mark Panepinto, and Senator Tim Kennedy called for a significant raise in the state’s minimum wage.
The Fight for $15 has inspired thousands of workers from across the country, and the world – and more are joining every day. The fact that more workers are joining this movement shows that we’re winning.
To view some of our press coverage check out this column in the Buffalo News featuring Franklin Stewart, one of the brave fast-food workers who went on strike last Thursday, this Buffalo News story on the actions, and this WBFO story.