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.
Josh Malloy has worked at UPMC Mercy in housekeeping for more than three years, and said he’s spent most of that time fighting for workers’ rights. He said UPMC’s decision to phase in a $15 an hour minimum wage was a victory, but the fight’s not over.
Some hospital workers at UPMC are planning to strike Thursday as part of a nationwide walk-out by fast food and other workers for a $15-an-hour minimum wage.
UPMC workers at Pittsburgh hospitals plan to take part in a one-day strike Thursday to demand the right to form unions.
Workers employed in low-wage industries plan on taking to the streets to continue their call for a $15 hourly wage and union rights. But this time around, workers in fast food will be joined by a new group of agitators: hospital workers.
Pittsburgh’s middle class was built by men and women working in steel mills. Steel workers built our skyline and our economy. They took jobs that were low-paying, dangerous positions and stood together to form unions that created solid, middle-class jobs.