Area fast food workers rally for higher wages, union rights

Demand franchisees to provide "Bucks-style" employment standards

Milwaukee area fast food workers held a rally Thursday at McDonald’s on 9th Street and North Ave.

A $15 wage floor, hiring hall, and union rights were among the demands voiced by local fast food workers and organizers today during a rally held outside the McDonald’s restaurant at 920 W. North Ave. in Milwaukee’s Lindsay Heights neighborhood.

Local fast food workers were joined at the rally by the Milwaukee Area Service & Hospitality Workers Organization (MASH) to target area fast food franchisees, calling on them to provide workers with “Bucks-style” employment standards.

The Bucks in partnership with the Alliance for Good Jobs earlier this year launched MASH to ensures fair wages and union rights for service and hospitality workers at the new Fiserv Forum in downtown Milwaukee.

“Fast food workers do the same type of work that those are doing at the new Bucks arena, but they are making four or five dollars (an hour) less,” said Marcelia Nicholson, Milwaukee County Board supervisor and vice president of MASH. “In an industry that employs more women and people of color, it’s important that Milwaukee franchises understand the importance of our workers, do what’s right and set a new standard.”

Workers who participated in the rally are part of part the Fight for $15, a national movement pushing for $15 wages and union power for fast food industry workers throughout the country.

Concession workers at Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport in recent months have also used the Bucks’ fair wage initiatives to demand the same wage floor.

“I know the Bucks have already set a standard for what workers should get on the job, and I think people will follow suit,” Nicholson said.

Milwaukee area fast food workers held a rally Thursday at McDonald’s on 9th Street and North Ave.

A $15 wage floor, hiring hall, and union rights were among the demands voiced by local fast food workers and organizers today during a rally held outside the McDonald’s restaurant at 920 W. North Ave. in Milwaukee’s Lindsay Heights neighborhood.

Local fast food workers were joined at the rally by the Milwaukee Area Service & Hospitality Workers Organization (MASH) to target area fast food franchisees, calling on them to provide workers with “Bucks-style” employment standards.

The Bucks in partnership with the Alliance for Good Jobs earlier this year launched MASH to ensures fair wages and union rights for service and hospitality workers at the new Fiserv Forum in downtown Milwaukee.

“Fast food workers do the same type of work that those are doing at the new Bucks arena, but they are making four or five dollars (an hour) less,” said Marcelia Nicholson, Milwaukee County Board supervisor and vice president of MASH. “In an industry that employs more women and people of color, it’s important that Milwaukee franchises understand the importance of our workers, do what’s right and set a new standard.”

Workers who participated in the rally are part of part the Fight for $15, a national movement pushing for $15 wages and union power for fast food industry workers throughout the country.

Concession workers at Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport in recent months have also used the Bucks’ fair wage initiatives to demand the same wage floor.

“I know the Bucks have already set a standard for what workers should get on the job, and I think people will follow suit,” Nicholson said.

Comments

  1. David Livingston says:

    Complain you shall remain. Praise you get a raise. How about this – go work for the Bucks. Or maybe the Bucks have more demanding hiring standards requiring a higher quality worker. Good well paying jobs are always and everywhere all the time for good people. There is always (according to great grandma) a good well paying job for a stout boy or a willing girl. Shut up, clean up, pull your pants up and go get that job.

  2. Martin Kutzler says:

    Sounds like Alex Lasry, in his quest to land the Democratic National Convention has struck a deal with organized labor which is not a bad thing in itself. Caveat emptor, Mr. Lasry. I am fully employed in the hospitality industry and I can assure you, we who are in that industry are there for a reason. Chief among them is that it is easy to get into in that advanced education or lack thereof is often not a hindrance however the self motivation traits found in those of advanced learning often never manifest in fast food or general hospitality workers. The prevailing attitude among many in the hospitality industry is, when do I get paid and how much are you paying me. Seldom is the attitude of, is my performance contributing to the “overall experience” (favorite NBA jargon) . Cheers Mr. Lasry for paying well, be prepared to keep feeding the tiger that is seldom content.

  3. Andy Drefs says:

    If you want the wages paid by another employer then go get a job with that employer! Or maybe improve your skills so that you’re worth more! I just saw a kiosk at a local McDonalds and can’t wait for this to be the norm.

  4. CAS says:

    Cool, we can expect Bucks, Fiserv prices at every local fast food joint.