We Are the 89%: Philadelphia and Wilmington Fast-Food Workers Hit by Wage Theft to Protest

Media Advisory

For Immediate Release

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Jesse Kudler (Philadelphia)

617-974-3684, jesse@fightforphilly.org

Julie Blust (Wilmington)

215-713-6777, JBlust@seiu32bj.org

Laura Brandon (National)

202-641-8477, laura.brandon@berlinrosen.com

We Are the 89%: Philadelphia and Wilmington Fast-Food Workers Hit by Wage Theft to Protest
Prayer and speak-out in Philadelphia and “Ronald McDonald” to face “arrest” in Wilmington as outrage grows over new poll shows stealing from employees

Philadelphia and Wilmington – Fast-food workers and faith leader Pastor Larry Patrick will protest Thursday in Philadelphia against systemic and illegal wage theft in the industry—just days after the first-ever national poll of fast-food workers showed companies like McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s are stealing money from 89 percent of their employees.  Workers will share their stories of wage theft and struggles trying to get by on low wages, and the pastor will offer a prayer in support of fast food workers.

The action comes as two former McDonald’s managers speak out for the first time about how they were forced to steal from workers’ checks. In a video made public Tuesday, the managers talk about how they shaved time off of workers schedules, among other practices, so they wouldn’t “blow labor,” or spend more than they were supposed to, on workers.

Last month, class-action lawsuits filed in California, Michigan and New York alleged McDonald’s is systematically robbing employees by forcing them to work off the clock, shaving hours off their time cards and not paying them overtime, among other practices. The suits demand McDonald’s, which earned nearly $5.6 billion in profits in 2013, pay back the stolen wages and stop its illegal theft of workers’ pay.

Philadelphia fast food workers have recently joined the national movement for $15/hr and the right to form a union, kicking off their campaign on March 18 with a march and rally.

In Wilmington, DE at 1pm, fast food workers and community leaders will hold a protest against wage theft in front of the McDonald’s in downtown Wilmington culminating in the mock “arrest” of “Ronald McDonald.”

Concern over fast food low wages and wage theft has reached a fever pitch in Delaware. Last week, New Castle County Council passed a resolution in support of local fast food workers who are organizing for better wages and a union.

Philadelphia:

WHO:

Fast-food workers, including victims of wage theft; Pastor Larry Patrick of Redeemer Church

WHAT:

Protest Against Wage Theft

WHEN:

Thursday, April 3, 4:30pm

WHERE:

McDonald’s, Broad and Allegheny

VISUAL:

Fast food workers, diverse crowd, speaker, signs

 

Wilmington:

WHO:

Fast-food workers; Councilwoman Sherry Dorsey Walker; Reverend Donald Morton; Darlene Battle from Delaware Alliance for Community Advancement; Jenna Fenstermacher of the Delaware Chapter of Americans for Democratic action; Councilman Michael Brown; Sam Lathem, DE AFL-CIO President

WHAT:

Protest Against Wage Theft

WHEN:

Thursday, April 3, 1:00pm

WHERE:

In front of McDonald’s, 700 W 4th St, Wilmington, DE 19801

VISUAL:

Mock “arrest” of “Ronald McDonald, fast food workers, diverse crowd, speaker, signs

 

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Fight for Philly is a grassroots organization fighting for good schools, good jobs, a fair economy, and a city that works for all of us.

 

info@fightforphilly.org * (215) 232-3792 * http://fightforphilly.org

 

DE Fast Food Forward is a movement of DE fast food workers, and supporters from faith, labor and community groups, who are fighting to raise wages and gain rights at work. It is part of the national movement of low-wage workers fighting for a better future.

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