Thousands of fast-food workers took to the streets on Tuesday—a year out from the presidential election— in the largest strike ever in their years-long battle for a $15-an-hour wage.
Workers from Burger King, Wendy’s, McDonald’s, KFC and other restaurant chains joined home care, child care, grocery clerks and other low wage workers to walk off the job in 270 cities across America. Participants will also be protesting at 500 city halls. In Wisconsin, workers will be marching to the Republican debate being held later on Tuesday at the Milwaukee Theater. And Sen. Bernie Sanders addressed a crowd of low-wage workers in Washington D.C.
“What you are doing, and workers around the country are doing, you’re having a profound impact,” Sanders told strikers, crediting them with successful minimum wage campaigns in major American cities. “You should be very proud of what you have accomplished and now we have to finish the job – $15 bucks and a union,” Sanders said to cheers from the D.C. crowd.