Powerful Images From Fast-Food Worker Strikes

For the past two years fast-food workers around the world have been asking for two things: $15 per hour and the right to unionize without retaliation. The movement began in New York City, but it quickly spread across the Midwest, Pacific Northwest, and even through the historically anti-union South.

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Fast Food Workers Protest Las Vegas

Fast food worker, Kris Varrette, is arrested at a Las Vegas protest. Source: Business Insider

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Burger King employee Keisha King, 23, in Atlanta. Source: Mashable

Fast Food Protests Michigan

Jada Williams, 18, is arrested in Flint Michigan. Source: The Guardian

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Source: NBC News

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More than 100 fast food workers and dozens of other protesters were arrested during peaceful protests outside McDonald’s corporate headquarters Oak Brook, Illinois Source: Google

Stick together for $15 and a union

Source: SEIU

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Long John Silver employee Antwon Brown, 31, in Atlanta. Source: AOL

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Protest in Chicago. Source: Business Insider

Fast Food Workers Protest Chicago

Tyree Johnson is arrested at a Chicago Protest. Source: Daily Herald

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Protest outside of a Phoenix McDonald's Source: Boston Herald

Fast Food Workers Protest South Florida

Source: CBS

Fast Food Workers Protest New York City

Workers block a street in TImes Square Source: Business Insider

Fast Food Workers Protest Tokyo

Fast-food workers from 33 countries around the world, including Japan, joined the strikes. Source: PRI

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Their argument is that $7.73 (the average hourly wage for a fast-food worker) is not a living wage. The median fast-food worker is about 28-years-old, and more than a fourth of those employed by fast-food chains have children. 70% work part time with something called “zero hour contracts.” This means employees are not guaranteed a set number of hours during any given week, and can be penalized with hour reduction for refusing to stay late or work on a day off, calling in sick, or participating in protests. This makes workers extremely dependent on their employers, as well as vulnerable to exploitation.

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Nixon After Resigning 1974

Following a series of scandals that devastated a vulnerable nation along with the ambitions of a less-than saintly presidential administration, Richard Nixon said sayonara to the Oval Office on August 9, 1974.

Straight from the pages of future President George H.W. Bush’s journal:

“There is no way to really describe the emotion of the day. Bar [Bush’s wife, Barbara] and I went down and had breakfast at the White House. Dean and Pat Burch and the Buchanans were there in the Conference Mess. There was an aura of sadness, like somebody died. Grief. Saw Tricia and Eddie Cox [President Nixon's daughter and her husband] in the Rose Garden – talked to them on the way to the ceremony.

President Nixon looked just awful. He used glasses – the first time I ever saw them. Close to breaking down – understandably. Everyone in the room in tears.

The speech was vintage Nixon – a kick or two at the press – enormous strains. One couldn’t help but look at the family and the whole thing and think of his accomplishments and then think of the shame and wonder kind of man is this really. No morality – kicking his friends in those tapes – all of them. Gratuitous abuse. Caring for no one yet doing so much. When he used the word ‘plumbers’ [in his speech] meaning it [as] ‘laboring with his hands’, the connotation was a shock to me.”

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Beginning his term as president three months after South Carolina became the first state to secede from the Union, it is impossible to know if Abraham Lincoln could foresee the pure carnage that awaited him and the nation. Over 600,000 deaths later, the war’s effects are plainly seen on Lincoln’s face.

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