Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC) is proud to stand with striking fast food workers today and their calls for $15/hour and a union. As fast food workers strike today in over 250 cities throughout the country, NOC is organizing Twin Cities fast food workers to fight for jobs that provide a living wage, earned sick days, and fair scheduling practices.
"When I worked at McDonald's, I was working from 9 am to 9 pm and getting really sick, but I couldn't afford to take time off to take care of myself," said DeAngelo Boldt, a NOC leader. "Fast food workers need earned sick days. You shouldn't have to choose between your job and your health."
In this economy, too many low-wage workers are working full-time or piecing together multiple jobs and still not able to afford their basic living expenses. Workers have little to no control over their schedules, which often change every week on little notice. Many are earning minimum wage, which is not enough to sustain themselves or their family. And they are often forced to work while sick because taking a sick day means sacrificing pay. In 2015 NOC will work on statewide earned safe and sick time legislation to make sure all workers are able to take time off work to take care of themselves and their families.
During the 2014 state legislative session, NOC was part of the Raise the Wage coalition that worked to pass a statewide minimum wage increase to $9.50 by 2016. Throughout the country, cities have been raising minimum wages even higher at a municipal level. This spring the Seattle City Council passed an ordinance providing for a $15 minimum wage.
Improving the rights and dignity of low-wage workers is an important step to ending Minnesota's outrageous racial disparities. NOC will keep fighting for the right of all Minnesotans, regardless of where they work, to earn enough to provide for themselves and their families.
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