Clever rhyming chants, raucous marches, scratchy megaphones. The wave of strikes and rallies that spread throughout Pittsburgh on Thursday sure looked and sounded familiar. But there was an added ingredient to the demonstrations Thursday…
Many UPMC hospital workers went on strike Thursday morning, seeking union rights, after the healthcare company announced wage increases in March.
Dozens of service workers, students and families protested outside a McDonald’s restaurant on Pittsburgh’s North Side Thursday. William Boas led the crowd in chants by megaphone. He said fast food jobs aren’t just for teenagers.
Workers gathered outside a McDonald’s on the North Side Thursday, and their message was loud and clear. “What do we what? 15! When do we want it? Now! If we don’t get it, shut down!”
On Thursday, low-wage workers across a number of industries, including hospital workers at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), walked off the job in a record 320 cities as part of the latest action from the Fight for 15 movement.
About 60 people showed up at the McDonald’s on Allegheny Avenue on the North Side before dawn this morning. The crowd briefly entered the restaurant and then left as police arrived. The protesters are calling for pay of $15 an hour and a union.