Socialist Worker

Low paid workers strike back in US

by Julie Sherry
Issue No. 2433

Striking workers in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Striking workers in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Homecare, airport, gas station and convenience store workers joined fast food workers in a strike for better pay and union rights on Thursday of last week

Across the US, cities and towns were transformed into carnivals for $15.

Gregory Reynoso, 29, led walk outs as a Dominos worker in 2012 and 2013. Now he helps organise fast food workers’ strikes across New York City.

He spoke to Socialist Worker from the frontlines on Thursday.

“I was around the city getting workers ready to strike. At 6am the workers took over stores in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Then over 3,000 marched to the city hall.

“It was excellent—workers are demonstrating to corporations and the world that nothing can stop us in our fight for wages and dignity.

 “For me it was strike number eight, and every time it’s amazing to see workers standing up. Their dedication to win no matter what has inspired others to stand up and fight too. This is not just for money, it also for respect.”

Strikers linked together the fight against poverty and the rage over police racism. 

The strike took place amidst huge mobilisations against killings by police.

Nequasia Legrand, 22, is a Brooklyn KFC worker. She plays a central role in developing rank and file leadership amongst fast food workers, across the US, and she was part of mobilisations over police racism.

She told Socialist Worker, “When anybody is shot down by police like Mike Brown was, they deserve justice.

“So why now should we trust our justice system? Who do they even serve? As fast food workers we’ve been supporting Ferguson all the way, because this injustice is happening in our city too. We won't stop without a fight.” 

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