“I think that unless some of us are in solidarity with low wage workers, they’re invisible.” They’re just the people who wipe the table down for you at the fast food restaurant and you can just sort of ignore their plight. So I wanted to make sure that I elevated this issue so that we can get people thinking about the importance, because we’re all brothers and sisters.”
- U.S. Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-WI)
Fast food workers were visible this week. For two years striking workers have spoken out and demanded action, but have not been listened to. The arrest of nearly 500 striking workers nationwide, Thursday, cast more eyes upon their poverty wage plight.
In Milwaukee, U.S. Congresswoman Gwen Moore and 27 striking workers were arrested for blocking a roadway in front of a McDonald’s to increase visibility for the movement. The Fight for 15 campaign seeks $15 an hour and the right to form a union without retaliation.
This week’s actions show that fast food workers are not backing away from their demands and the use of civil disobedience demonstrates workers are clearly willing to escalate their tactics to break their families out of poverty. After all, nobody who works full-time in this country should be living in poverty.
Watch video of the action below including Congresswoman Gwen Moore’s arrest and release from jail.
View more photos from Milwaukee’s day of action here.