A national strike for a living wage and the right to unionize in the fast food and retail sectors has spread across seven cities. Hundreds of workers walked off the job Thursday in Milwaukee, and before that in Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, Detroit, Flint and New York City.
August 2, 2013

A national strike for a living wage and the right to unionize in the fast food and retail sectors has spread across seven cities. Hundreds of workers walked off the job Thursday in Milwaukee, and before that in Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, Detroit, Flint and New York City. “What else do we have to lose? We are already slowly dying in our day to day lives,” says Terrance Wise, who works at both Burger King and Pizza Hut and is a member of the Stand Up Kansas City campaign. “So why not speak up, and stand up, and let the nation know that we are suffering? This is this is really a cry for help. This great nation should not turn its back on working class people that need help.”

Democracy Now! also speaks with Josh Eidelson who covers labor issues for The Nation, and also a contributing writer Salon.com. His latest article is "Fast Food Strikes Intensify in Seven Cities."

Full transcript of the discussion available here.

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