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Fast-food workers to strike

Monday, November 28, 2016 by Nora Ankrum

Fast-food workers in Austin are anticipated Tuesday to join a nationwide strike to demand union rights and wages of $15 an hour. Workers in 340 cities will be joining the effort, according to a media advisory from the Fight for $15 campaign. In Texas, workers at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport are planning to participate, as are workers here in town. According to the press advisory, the protest is intended to draw attention to a host of issues: “As certain newly-elected politicians and newly-empowered corporate special interests threaten an extremist agenda to move the country to the right, the four-year-old Fight for $15 movement will unrelentingly resist any effort to block wage increases, gut workers’ rights or healthcare, deport immigrants, or support racism or racist policies.” The strike will begin at 6 a.m. Tuesday at the McDonald’s at 2426 E. Riverside. More information is available here.

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