No national media on a basic issue for low waged workers in an sky high inflation economy….
(The protest lasted for 30 minutes)
Compnaies have increase prices ….
But the extra money ain’t flowing thru to tgheir workers….
Great economy , eh?
Taco Bell employees at one Kansas City restaurant walked off the job Thursday to protest conditions at the store.
Shift leader Fran Marion, who has worked at the 8215 Wornall location for a year, says the group chose to strike just before Labor Day to call attention to abusive customers, short staffing, lack of paid sick days, disrespectful management and low wages.
“A job shouldn’t be this difficult to come to and clock in and try to make a wage, not even a living wage,” she said.
Four workers stepped out of the restaurant at 12:30, in the middle of the lunch rush, to a cheering crowd from the workers’ rights organization Stand Up KC. They taped a sign to the door: “Closed due to STRIKE”!
During the 30-minute protest, supporters in the restaurant’s parking lot had to turn away vehicles who tried to enter.
Marion said the tipping point for her and other employees was an incident two weeks ago where equipment malfunctioned and flooded the floor of the restaurant.
“There was literally standing water throughout the store,” she said.
Marion and other employees tried to close the doors to customers for safety reasons. She said she was later written up for insubordination by her general manager for closing the store without asking first….
Terrence Wise, another shift leader at the store and a member of Stand Up KC, was not working Thursday but attended the rally.
“We wanted something that had nothing to do with money or union rights,” Wise said. “We want respect and that’s what we’ve been dealing with at this Taco Bell: a lot of lack of respect.”
Wise said workers have been belittled by management and customers, and have received racist comments.
Wise, who has worked in fast food for nearly 20 years, said these conditions are not unique to this store but rather are endemic in the industry.
“Those are things we don’t need legislation passed for,” he said. “We want 15 (dollars an hour). We want a union. But most importantly, we wanted to be treated like human beings and we want to be respected on the job.”….