Support Fast Food Workers Strike 5-15-14

FAST FOOD WORKERS ANNOUNCE
BIGGEST EVER STRIKE  5-15-14
IN 150 U.S. CITIES JOINED BY
PROTESTS IN 30 COUNTRIES

McStrike!

Statement in Support of Global Fast Food Workers Strike
by Eugene E Ruyle, Peace and Freedom Candidate
for California Assembly, 15th District

Every worker deserves fair wages and the right to organize, so please join me in supporting striking fast food workers and allies from 36 countries and 150 U.S. cities, calling out some of the world’s worst corporate behavior and exposing widespread wage theft. In the wake of new reports showing an industry with the largest pay gaps between CEOs and workers, the fast food workers are demanding change: $15 an hour for workers and a union.

Here’s their schedule in Oakland for this Thursday, May 15, 2-014:

5:30 AM Meet at ACCE Oakland Offices 2501 International Blvd
10:30 AM Meet at the Library in Downtown Oakland, 135 14th St.
(check for latest updates at:   occupyoakland.org)

As a working class, socialist, and feminist party, Peace and Freedom has always supported the rights of working folks to organize and strike for better pay and working conditions. Here’s what our PLatform has to say:

FROM THE PEACE AND FREEDOM PARTY PLATFORM

Double the minimum wage, and index it to the cost of living
Guarantee the right of all workers to organize and to strike
Forbid striker replacement
Socially useful jobs for all at union pay levels
Equal pay for equal work, and for work of comparable worth
A 30-hour workweek with no cut in weekly pay – Longer paid vacations
A Universal Basic Income with full social benefits as a basic human right
Tax the income and assets of the rich to meet human needs.

As a retired union member (my dues are still taken out of my pension check), I am proud to see my brothers and sisters uniting in dozens of countries across six continuents. For me, it brings to mind the words of the Wobblies:

From the Preamble to the Consitution of the Industrial Workers of the World (1905)

The working class and the employing class have nothing in common. There can be no peace so long as hunger and want are found among millions of the working people while the few who make up the employing class have all the good things of life. Between these two classes a struggle must go on until the workers of the world organize as a class, take possession of the Earth and the machinery of production, and abolish the wage system.

Abolition of the wage system, of course, means abolition of capitalism. Under capitalism, workers are wage slaves, lucky if they can find work to support themselves and their families. With socialism, workers are guaranteed jobs and decent incomes, with affordable housing, pensions, free health care, and free education.

So, let’s join with the fast food workers of the world, and in Oakland, our slogan should be,

HELLA YES ON 15 BUCKS!

 

May 12, 2014

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