Fast-food workers in cities across the country, including Chicago, will hit the picket lines on Thursday to continue their push for $15 an hour and the right to form a union without retaliation.
A number of home-care workers in some cities also plan to join the striking fast-food employees during Thursday's protests, where acts of civil disobedience are expected to take place.
“They’re going to use nonviolent civil disobedience as a way to call attention to what they’re facing,” SEIU* President Mary Kay Henry told the New York Times. “They’re invoking civil rights history to make the case that these jobs ought to be paid $15 and the companies ought to recognize a union.”
Thursday will mark the sixth time Chicago fast-food workers have participated in a major strike as part of the Fight for 15 campaign's call for union recognition and a $15 minimum wage, which is a yearly salary of about $31,000.
The Fight for 15 movement gained traction in the United States and elsewhere after New York fast-food employees staged the first strike against the fast-food industry back in November of 2012.
Check back with Progress Illinois for our coverage of Thursday's protests in Chicago.
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