Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Civil Disobedience Expected in Fast-Food Pay Fight

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Civil Disobedience Expected in Fast-Food Pay Fight

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NEW YORK * McDonald's, Wendy's and other fast-food restaurants are expected to be targeted with acts of civil disobedience that could lead to arrests Thursday as labor organizers escalate their campaign to unionize the industry's workers.

Kendall Fells, an organizing director for Fast Food Forward, said in an interview that workers in a couple of dozen cities were trained to peacefully engage in civil disobedience ahead of this week's planned protests.

Fells declined to say what exactly is in store for the protests in approximately 150 U.S. cities. But workers involved in the movement recently cited sit-ins as an example of strategies they could use to intensify their push for higher pay and unionization. Past protests have targeted a couple of restaurants in each city.

The "Fight for $15" campaign is being backed by the Service Employees International Union and has gained national attention at a time when growing income disparities have become a hot issue. President Barack Obama and others have said raising wages for those at the bottom of the economic ladder could help strengthen the middle class. …

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