High Stakes Strikes

Posted December 5, 2013
By Clay Cerny

Today in over 100 cities workers at fast food restaurants walked off the job.  It’s easy to call this a strike.  We see people with signs walking a picket.  We are used to seeing those images and don’t think enough about what it means when the people striking are not protected by a union.  In most states, employers can fire employees for such action.  These strikes show how desperate workers are getting in the U.S.  Who can live on $8-$9 an hour, especially when they are scheduled to work less than 40 hours per week?  The workers marching outside of fast food restaurants today are brave Americans, and they are giving us all a lesson in what it means to be a citizen.