San Diego fast-food workers will strike

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A one-day nationwide strike at fast-food restaurants, including in San Diego, is scheduled to take place Thursday.

Workers at the eateries are demanding pay of at least $15 an hour and the right to unionize. Protesters have argued that workers earn an average of $9 an hour and struggle to make ends meet.

Organizers, including the Service Employees International Union, say job actions are scheduled in about 160 cities Thursday.

In San Diego, picketing is expected to begin at 6 a.m. at a McDonald’s at 5322 El Cajon Blvd. in City Heights, according to the Center on Policy Initiatives. Workers are planning a rally and march in downtown San Diego later in the morning.

Home health-care workers, security guards and retail employees are scheduled to take part, according to the CPI.

Employees in low-wage jobs and labor unions have been pushing for a minimum hourly wage of $15, which has been adopted in San Francisco and Seattle. The state of California’s lowest pay rate was $8 an hour until July, when it was increased by $1.

The San Diego City Council passed a three-step increase in the minimum wage to $11.50, but it was suspended after business interests obtained enough petition signatures to force the issue to a public vote. The wage hike is likely to go on the ballot in about 18 months.

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