WATCH NOW: Workers stage strike, rally in Marion against union, pay increases and sexual harassment | Local News
Tuesday’s strike marked the fifth time workers have joined the fight for $ 15 and a union has gone on strike demanding McDonald’s tackle its culture of harassment. A walkout in 10 cities in 2018 was the first sexual harassment strike in over 100 years. Not much has changed since that first strike for McDonald’s frontline workers, who continue to report a widespread harassment issue, according to a press release.
Standing in front of the fast food restaurant, the seven strikers were holding signs and banners saying “All work has dignity,” “McDonald’s pays $ 15 now! And “McDonald’s: Step Up for Survivors.”
Jason Carroll, a former McDonald’s employee in Marion, raised the issue of sexual harassment in the food industry.
“It’s a big problem, not just at McDonald’s, it’s a problem in all low-wage workplaces, not just in restaurants, grocery stores, CNAs are also sexually harassed at work and it’s time to ‘stop,’ Carroll said. “This is why we are here. We are also here to fight for 15. These places are making millions at the expense of their workers. They may pay us over $ 15 but $ 15 should be the bare minimum. We are also there for a union because with a union we can fight against sexual harassment. We can fight for higher wages. We can fight for better health care. We can fight for paid time off. All of those things that we don’t have and that the working class desperately needs. We are just here to stand up and fight. “