Earlier today, as part of a nationwide fast food workers' strike, employees from several East Bay fast food chains walked off the job. The strike convened on a McDonald's location on Jackson Street in Oakland where workers called for a $15 per hour minimum wage and the ability to unionize.
According to the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy, fast food workers make an average of under $9 per hour. (California recently raised the statewide minimum wage to $10 per hour.) An October study from UC Berkeley showed that $7 billion dollars of taxpayer funds go to fast food workers nationwide every year, just so they can afford basic living expenses.
Today's walk-out is the latest of several that began earlier this year. In August workers walked out of their jobs in downtown Oakland and just last weekend five workers were arrested in a similar protest.