Denver workers join historic strike against fast food industry

Posted on: 6:20 am, August 29, 2013, by , updated on: 07:22pm, August 29, 2013

NORTHGLENN, Colo. — You may want to make alternative plans for your breakfast this morning if you like to hit the drive-thru. Thousands of fast food workers in Denver will be picketing on Thursday.

The strikes are expected to put a significant dent in the 41,000 fast food workers in Denver. They’ll join workers across the nation in 58 other major cities as they take off their uniforms and walk off the job. This is expected to be one of the largest strikes ever to hit the $200 billion fast food industry.

The striking workers outside of a McDonald’s near West 104th and Huron Street in Northglenn say they want more money, and the solidarity of a union.

Organizers say the median wage at fast food restaurants is $8.84, but an adult with one child needs to make about $20 an hour working full time in Denver to afford the basics. Workers are calling for $15 an hour and the right to form a union without retaliation.

McDonald’s responded to FOX31 Denver’s request for comment on the strike, with the corporation saying “the story promoted by the individuals organizing these events does not provide an accurate picture of what it means to work at McDonald’s.”

“McDonald’s aims to offer competitive pay and benefits to our employees,” the statement continued. “We provide training and professional development for all of those who wish to take advantage of those opportunities.”

“Our history is full of examples of individuals who worked their first job with McDonald’s and went on to successful careers both within and outside of McDonald’s.”

Workers at Subway, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell are also expected strike at different times during the day. Some community leaders and members of the religious community are expected to support them.

Earlier this summer, there were strikes in 7 cities across the country centering on fast food wages, but this is a first for Denver.