Thursday’s strike will span 50 cities and every region of the continental United States. Follow events online at #829strike and #strikepoverty
Who: Fast food workers in Missoula
What: Join the national call to strike for better pay of $15/hour and the right to organize without retaliation.
When: 7:30 am - 9:00 am, Thursday August 29, 2013
Where: Burger King, 2601 N Reserve, Missoula, MT
Why: Seven of the ten fastest growing jobs in our country pay poverty wages — and when so many workers can't afford the basics, that slows the economy for everyone.
The fast food industry is making record profits, but workers are struggling; many need food stamps and other public assistance just to get through the month.
Although the minimum wage in Montana is just $7.80, an adult with one child would need to make $17.71 an hour working full time in the Missoula area just to afford the basics, according to a model developed by a professor at MIT: http://livingwage.mit.
In addition to Missoula, strikes will hit cities all over the country, including Seattle, Boston, Chicago, Raleigh, Houston, Memphis, New York, and Oakland.
The August 29th national multi-city strike comes amidst an extraordinary upsurge of worker unrest which has moved low-wage worker issues to the center of public attention. Highly profitable fast food corporations and other big employers have come under increasing pressure as workers continue to raise the question of how we can build a sustainable economy when the fastest-growing jobs pay poverty wages