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No Wingnut dinner this week, instead come to this event at VCU!!!

This is tomorrow yall! I have work and cant go, but please share and support. Fast food workers are raising up and fighting back against poverty wages and racism in the workplace.
Thursday Jan 29 @ 12 noon at the McDonalds in Carytown!!

Facebook event link:

https://www.facebook.com/events/704901572964509/

Here is an update on the Fast food workers / Raise Up campaign:

Hello everyone,

Seven million workers have increased their wages since the fast food worker campaign began two years ago, but that’s not how I know we are winning.

Last year I saw a proposed bill, that would’ve increased VA minimum wage to $8.25 over 3 years (crap, right?), go down without a chance. One year later a proposed bill for $10.10 went down without a prayer There was even talk about a bill for $15.15. So in one year, we went from not passing $ 8.25 to not passing $15.15. I know that sounds sad, but for a life-long Virginian I’m stoked as hell! I know this campaign is working!

2015 is going to be the year for a living-wage! April 15th is going to be our largest mobilization ever and we cannot do it without you. So please join us for a community allies planning meeting next Monday Feb 2nd, 6pm-7pm, at the BCT Local 203 on 231 E Belt Blvd, Richmond Va 23224.

Please contact me with any questions and please feel free to invite any organizations or individuals who are down for the cause.

In solidarity,
Guillermo Zamora
VA Raise Up
703-629-2199

Over 45 people came out at 6am today to strike or support striking workers at the Burger King on Chamberlayne. There will be another strike today at 11am at the KFC on Belt Blvd. Details in a post below.
Please share this media as the local news did not come out for the 6am event.
Over 150 cities globally are on strike today!!
These photos are by Mo and Tammie

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Thursday May 15!!!!

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Come out Richmond to support Fast Food Workers in their fight for 15 and the right to unionize. We need all community support that we can get!!

Early birds, come get your strike on at 6am at 2601 Chamberlayne Ave @ Burger King before you go to work or school!!! It means a lot to Fast food workers to get community support.

Later, join us at BCT Local 203T, 231 Belt Blvd, Richmond, VA 23224 at 9am on Thursday May 15. We will gather, connect, make signs and prepare for the demo. At 10:45 we will march to the KFC at 401 Belt Blvd.

Facebook page for the event: https://m.facebook.com/?_rdr#!/profile.php?id=572614862836137

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The first strike happened in New York over a year ago, several months later fast food workers, in over 60 cities across the nation, went on strike. Last December, fast food workers in over a 100 cities, including Richmond for the first time, went on strike. Now, on May 15th, fast food workers from 33 countries in every continent (except Antarctica) will be going out to strike as well.

After our last strike in December, McDonald’s, one of the biggest corporations in the world, admitted to the SEC that the strikes are hurting and that they may need to increase wages. City after city have passed living-wage bills, Connecticut soon followed. With so many believing that the labor movement is dying, we are proving them dead-wrong. We are remaking history.

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http://www.salon.com/2014/03/04/mcdonalds_to_sec_strikes_hurt_and_we_might_have_hike_pay/

Our wage theft action in April was a huge success; with various unions and community supporters coming out in solidarity, but there were union busters on-site as well. What has kept the workers safe from retaliation at that Wendys was the overwhelming community support. We can expect the boss response to be more coordinate and severe this time around, so our community support has to be even greater. We are going to win this thing, but only with more of the support that you all have given since day one.

So we are gathering at BCT Local 203T at 9am and marching to the KFC at 10:45am

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Hello everyone,

Today is one of the big days for the fast food campaign. Today workers from across the nation are going to be standing tall and fighting back against wage theft. Its going to be a good day.

Again, we are going to meet at 4pm at the Weinstein Community Center at 5403 Monument Ave, at 4:45 we are going to leave for the Wendys on 4805 W Broad St; at 5 on the dot we are all going to go into the store and start the action.

Please make every effort to come and to turnout others. A large turnout not only makes this a successful action but it also helps protect the workers at the Wendy’s who are going to speak and participate in this action. If management sees a lot of community support they will be less willingly to retaliate against the workers because they know they have the support of the community.

Hope to see you on the other side!

In solidarity,

Guillermo Zamora
Organizer
Raise UP

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Here are some photos from today’s Raise Up! press conference, which was held at the McDonald’s at E. Broad and 18th.

The rain and the cold didn’t stop fast food workers, or supporting unions and organizations from showing up to take a stand against wage theft and abuse at work. Fast food workers demand respect, $15 an hour, an end to wage theft and more!

If you are a fast food worker who has experienced Wage Theft in the Richmond area, call 804 495 1439 to report it!  Or check out www.robbedonthejob.org

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Next time hopefully the weather will treat us better and we will see more faces out to support Fast Food Workers! Unionizing in the South is hard, and vitally important. Support Southern workers, support Fast Food Workers! Everyone deserves a Living Wage!

More info: http://management.fortune.cnn.com/2014/03/14/mcdonalds-wage-theft-suits-just-the-tip-of-the-iceberg/

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/14/business/mcdonalds-workers-in-three-states-file-suits-claiming-underpayment.html?_r=0

BREAKING: MCDONALDS WORKERS IN 3 STATES COME FORWARD TO FILE WAGE THEFT LAWSUITS AGAINST THE COMPANY

http://www.salon.com/2014/03/13/breaking_mcdonalds_workers_mount_class_action_suits_in_three_states/

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Richmond’s participation in the national fast food workers strike on Dec. 5. Please forward this out to your contacts.

Rally to support fast food workers fight for $15! Thursday, December 5 at 11am Gather at Hull St Library – 1400 Hull St, Richmond, VA 23224

Across the country, low wage and fast food workers have been coming together and taking action calling for higher wages, better working conditions, and the right to form a union. From McDonald’s to Walmart, workers and the community are standing up and saying “NO!” to poverty wages from companies raking in billions each year. On August 29, fast food workers in more than 60 U.S. cities walked off the job and were joined by the community calling for “$15 and a union now!” This growing movement has sparked a national conversation about the widening disparity in wealth between in this country. These companies are feeling the heat, several referendums to raise the minimum wage recently passed – including a $15 minimum in SEATAC – so now is the time to keep the pressure on! The movement for justice continues to grow and spread across the country. Join us to stand with fast food workers once again on a national day of action for living wages and good jobs on Thursday, December 5.

Join Richmond Food Not Bombs to help cook for the May Day Living Wage at VCU Rally.
May 1st at 10am at 1401 West Leigh Street (not the same address where we cook on Sundays)

Much of the prep work will take place before the cooking period; don’t be alarmed by the short period of time.

Food Not Bombs is making rice, chili, and green salad to serve after the VCU Living Wage Campaign’s May Day rally for a living wage. The cooking will take place at Kat McNeal’s house, near the Lombardy Kroger. If you become lost, call Kat at 703-859-0393.

We need extra hands primarily for loading the vehicles, some vehicles to load, and some people who feel comfortable lifting heavy pots of hot food. We will serve at 1pm, at Monroe Park.

We also need a volunteer to print handbills for FNB, to provide to diners who may not have heard of us.

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Wednesday May 1st from 12 noon to 1pm at the VCU Commons Plaza

May Day is a day to celebrate the victories of the working-class in their struggles against exploitation and oppression throughout history. Join the Living Wage Campaign and its allies on May Day, International Workers’ Day, as we rally for a living wage for service workers at VCU.

The average VCU service employee, especially those working through Aramark, rarely receives a pay raise. Many VCU employees must hold more than one job just to make ends meet. At the same time, many adjunct professors also do not make a livable salary and have no insurance or job security.

It is our tuition money that funds VCU, and we have every right to be outraged. The mistreatment of workers and the misplaced priorities of VCU come at the expense of the students as well.

The rally will start at noon in the Commons/Ram’s Plaza (where the big ram horns are).

Richmond Food Not Bombs will be providing some food for folks at this rally as an act of solidarity. If you are able to, bring some money to donate to FNB, or bring a grocery item we use (oil, sugar, salt, flour, spices, pasta, rice) etc. You could also come help us cook any Sunday from 12:30 to 3:30 at 2005 Barton Avenue, come eat in the park every Sunday at 4pm at the corner of Main and Belvidere in Monroe Park, or come clean up after the meal at 2005 Barton Avenue.

Here is the link for the facebook event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/372157122898759/?fref=ts

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