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For Immediate Release

Press Release

One Year from Election Day, Fast-Food Workers to Wage Biggest-Ever Strike

Nationwide Walkout to Culminate in 500-City Protest with Fast-Food, Home Care, Child Care Workers Vowing to Take Fight for $15, Union Rights to the Ballot Box in 2016

Fast-food workers will wage their biggest-ever strike Tuesday – one year from Election Day – with walkouts hitting a record 270 cities from Detroit to Denver. The strikes will culminate in protests in 500 cities, where fast-food, home care, child care, and other underpaid workers will amass outside city halls—local symbols of political power— to demand that elected leaders nationwide stand up for $15/hr and union rights.

The strikes and protests come as underpaid workers nationwide vow to take their Fight for $15 and union rights to the ballot box in 2016 to show candidates of all political stripes that the nearly 64 million Americans paid less than $15 are a voting bloc that can no longer be ignored.

In addition to the strikes and city hall protests, auto parts workers, farmworkers, grocery clerks, FedEx drivers, nursing home workers and others will show their support for the Fight for $15 at rallies planned for 1,000 cities across the country, sending a message to candidates that higher pay and union rights are urgent issues for our country that need to be addressed now. In Milwaukee, following the strikes and city hall protest, members of Fight for $15 WI will march on the Republican debate at the Milwaukee Theatre.




Workers from McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King, KFC, and other fast-food restaurants; home care, child care, and other underpaid workers.



Largest-ever strike of fast-food cooks and cashiers; City Hall protests in 500 cities to demand that candidates everywhere support $15/hr and union rights.








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For information on times and locations of strike lines in a particular city, please contact Giovanna Frank-Vitale at or Jack Temple at



6:00am: McDonald’s at 82 Court Street and Livingston,

Downtown Brooklyn


11:00am: McDonald's at 125th Street & Adam Clayton Powell Blvd, Harlem


5:00pm: Foley Square @ Lafayette & Duane, Financial District


6:00am: McDonald’s 1951 N Western


4:30pm: Thompson Center at 100 W. Randolph


6:00am: McDonald’s at 640 Nth Long Beach Blvd.


11:00am: City Hall at 200 N Spring; starting at McDonald’s at

690 S. Alameda


6:00am: McDonald’s at 2455 West Wisconsin Avenue


5:00pm: City Hall at 200 E Wells


6:00am: McDonald’s at 2801 Mission Street


4:30pm: City Hall at 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza


12:00pm: McDonald’s at 2191 Monterey Road


4:30pm: Oakland City Hall at 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza


6:00am: McDonalds at 925 62nd Ave North


4:30pm: Tampa City Hall at 315 E. Kennedy Blvd


6:00am: McDonald’s at Virginia Ave.


5:00pm: City Hall at 68 Mitchell St SW


6:00am: McDonald’s at 15501 Plymouth Road


City Hall at 2 Woodward


6:00am: McDonald’s at 3255 Main Street


5:00pm City Hall at 414 E 12th Street


6:00am: McDonald’s Downtown


5:00pm: Durham City Hall at 101 City Hall Plaza


11:00am: City Hall at 601 Lakeside Ave E


6:00am: McDonald’s at Broad and Alleghany


3:30pm: City Hall at 15th and Market


6:00am: McDonald’s at 1800 Broadway


5:00pm: City Hall at 900 E Broad Street


Fast food workers are coming together all over the country to fight for $15 an hour and the right to form a union without retaliation. We work for corporations that are making tremendous profits, but do not pay employees enough to support our families and to cover basic needs like food, health care, rent and transportation.

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