On Sunday, fifth-grade students from the Boston Workmen’s Circle Jewish Cultural Sunday School became the newest champions in the fight for better wages and a voice on the job for fast-food workers.
Joined by parents and community supporters, and armed with signs, students marched from Franklin Park Zoo to hold a protest at the Burger King restaurant located in Dorchester’s Grove Hall. Taking charge of the bullhorn, they inspired the crowd with speeches and chants in support of hard-working fast-food workers.
With more than 250 cards collected from the community supporting workers, the group attempted to deliver them, only to be shut out by management. Not to be deterred, the students left the cards on Burger King’s doorstep.
Drawing on the history of Jewish immigrants who toiled in textile sweatshops, these students are demanding that Burger King, as well as other fast-food companies, offer livable wages, benefits, and workplace rights.
The demonstration is the latest part of a movement that started in late 2012, when 200 fast-food workers went on strike in New York City. This cause continues to spread across the nation, with workers in Boston and 59 other cities first striking on August 29. That number swelled to 100 cities on December 5 when thousands of workers across the country walked off the job.
With engaged heroes like this fifth-grade class, we can help bring about change for millions of fast-food workers across this nation.
Find out how at lowpayisnotok.org.