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Fast Food Workers Strike

strikeEUGENE, Ore. — Members of local labor unions joined a global fast food workers strike Thursday.

They rallied outside the McDonald’s on Broadway during the lunch hour, calling for higher wages and the right to unionize.

Fast food workers in Eugene make $9.10 an hour. For the past year and a half, they’ve been fighting to earn $15 an hour.

“Here in Eugene, we have lots of fast food. These workers are unable to pay their bills. They’re struggling, and they work really hard at these jobs, and we just want people to know that we stand in solidarity with them,” said Lauren Regan, Civil Liberties Defense Center.

The rally ended with a one-mile march to Wendy’s on Franklin Boulevard.

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  1. quasimodo says:

    stand in solidarity with them all you want if I were their employer they would be all unemployed.

    these people have the change to obtain an education there are grants loans and all kinds of help for them.
    these people make minimum wage because they are to lazy or to stupid to get off their behind and go out and get an education.

    the worst part of this all is that they are to stupid to realize that if their wage goes up by 65% then the prices of goods will go up 65% to cover the added labor costs and they will be stuck in the same rut they are in right now. the government on the other hand will be sittin like a fat Cheshire cat because they will receive billions more in tax revenue

  2. Linda says:

    An increase in wages benefits the community’s small businesses. That is where the extra income goes… Insulting low-wage workers as stupid or lazy is… Well, says more about the commenter than the workers. I lived in North Bend when there was a raise in the minimum wage and everyone was saying prices would rise. I was attending SWOCC and eating (still do) lots of fast food. My Whopper went from 99 cents to $1.29 for about 6 weeks or so and then went right back down to 99 cents.

    There are college educated people holding some these jobs. These jobs are the blue-collar jobs of today because we have shipped most of the traditional blue-collar jobs overseas. That is what we have left the next generations. So if Quasimodo wants to do something other than insult people that work hard, then write or call Wyden and say NO More Free Trade deals. Until then, we need to respect the families that work hard and deserve a wage that feeds their children.

  3. Greenhouse 9994 says:

    Its not because they are Stupid or lazy,its, I dont think they know what will happen to the economy when you are given a wage increase of 15 dollars an hour forced by the city of Seattle. Every thing will go up in prices! The hole thing will start back were it stared before. Sorta wishful kind of thinking that is not realistic. Unless the nation is united for work fairness for all,keep the prices the same but I doubt it!

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