McDonald's Employees To Go On Nationwide Strike

Daniel Fowler
September 19, 2018

The national women's law center says there has been many instances of sexual harassment in McDonalds.

Johnson now works for another McDonald's.

The one-day strikes took place in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando, San Francisco, St. Louis, Kansas City, Durham, Milwaukee and New Orleans. She described what she went through at work.

"The walkout is believed to be the first USA strike to confront sexual harassment in more than 100 years", according to advocacy group Fight for $15, which is coordinating the event. "To ensure we are doing all that can be done, we have engaged experts in the areas of prevention and response including RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), to evolve our policies so everyone who works at McDonald's does so in a secure environment every day", the statement said.

McDonald's workers across the USA are planning to walk out Tuesday during lunchtime in an effort to push the company to take a firmer stance against sexual harassment in the workplace.

They said they could not predict with precision how many workers would join the strike, but noted that hundreds of workers had participated in the committee meetings at which the strike was planned.

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Another advocacy group also plans to fly a plane over McDonald's corporate headquarters in Chicago with a banner that'll read, "McDonald's: Stop Sexual Harassment". She told the Guardianshe had multiple coworkers make unwelcome sexual advances: one grabbed her breasts at the restaurant; another pinned her to a bathroom wall and tried to have sex with her. "After that he would ignore me on the job and yell at me in front of my co-workers".

"Everybody's been fearless about it", she said.

In May, just days before McDonald's annual shareholder meeting, 10 women who worked at the company's restaurants throughout the country-backed by Fight for $15 and the TIMES UP Legal Defense Fund-filed complaints with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

The Fight for 15 movement has embraced the viral #MeToo movement to bolster its quest for $15 minimum wages in fast-food restaurants.

As the #MeToo movement has spread, other blue-collar workers have stepped forward with their own stories.

The strikes unfolded after 10 McDonald's employees across nine cities accused the chain of failing to act after they reported sexual harassment or misconduct in the workplace, including inappropriate behavior from store managers. She said all the women she knows in fast food have examples or know of people who have been affected. "We are uniquely equipped to both continuously improve our workplace and forge ahead in fulfilling our mission to empower workers to improve their own lives and workplaces". "Managers feel it's not their problem".

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