Fast-Food Workers Strike, Protest 'Poverty Pay'

May 16, 2014 | | Philly.com |

Danielle can't afford to give her 3-year-old son gifts on holidays and birthdays. Munira Edens broke her phone three months ago and now goes without one because a repair is too costly. The eldest of six, James Moore tries to help his mother pay household expenses but often can't, because he makes just $150 a week.

These three fast-food workers were among more than 100 minimum-wage laborers and activists who marched along Broad Street yesterday morning to demand an end to poverty pay and the right to form a union without retaliation.

Workers walked off their jobs - the first fast-food workers' strike in Philadelphia, organizers said - as part of a wave of walkouts and protests yesterday in 150 U.S. cities and 33 countries.