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Save the date yall!!!

Wednesday April 15 a day of action for the Raise Up Campaign for Fast Food Workers.

Over 1,000 people will take to the streets to push for $15 an hour.

There will be events over the coming months and events during the whole day of April 15th.

Mark your calendars and tell your friends!!! Here is a facebook page for the Richmond event:

Folks from all over Virginia will be heading to Richmond to participate!!!

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

Go to the local radio station’s tune in page to listen to Thursday’s Open Source episode where Wingnut Tammie is interviewed about Fast Food Workers and the Fight for $15!!

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








Thursday May 15!!!!


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:!/profile.php?id=572614862836137


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.


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


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
Raise UP

From our friends organizing around Fast Food Workers!
So next Thursday, April 3rd,  the Fast Food Workers will be having wage theft actions across the country. Our action will be at the Wendy’s at 4805 W Broad, at 5pm. But first we will meet at 4pm at the Weinstein Community Center on 5403 Monument Ave; to eat, make signs, practice some chants, and plan our action. Ideally, everyone will meet at the community center so we can all leave as a big group, but people can meet us at the Wendy’s right before 5 and wait for us to arrive. The entire thing should be over around 5:45.

This will be the biggest action we do till the next strike, so a huge turnout would do a lot to galvanize the workers and give us a lot of momentum to build up on. So please bring your members, friends, coworkers and family.


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






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:







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.

IWW Food & Retail Workers United

On behalf of Fellow Worker Moriah “Mo” Karn, the Richmond General Membership Branch of the Industrial Workers of the World and IU640 (Restaurant, Hotel, & Building Service Workers Industrial Union) are initiating a campaign to demand that $183.18 in unpaid wages be paid in full to fellow worker Karn.

Fellow worker Karn worked as a bartender and waitstaff for 3rd St. Diner located at 218 E. Main St. in Richmond, Virginia. Fellow worker Karn has yet to receive any compensation for their labor after working a total of 86 hours at a wage of $2.13 an hour, between November 3rd and November 22nd, 2011.

Although in the state of Virginia, it is a violation of law to withhold a final paycheck from an employee after removal (see §40.1-29 Va State Code); the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry was of little help.  When fellow worker Karn filed a complaint with the Virginia Department of Labor, they were told that because there was no written proof of their hours worked, ie. a time sheet, schedule, etc., and because the employer failed to process her W2 form, there was nothing the Department of Labor could do for her.

In lieu of this news we, on Friday April 6, 2012 a letter was issued to owner, Mr. William “Billy” Polyaris requesting that fellow worker Karn be paid in full by 4:00pm Friday April 12, 2012, or further action would follow.  We received no response.

Whereas the inability of the state to procure justice for workers who are victims of wage theft, and whereas Mr. Polyaris appears to have no issue with exploiting workers, we call upon supporters to participate in a phone blast, putting pressure on management, demanding retribution for Karn and her fellow workers.

Please call the following numbers: 

Mr. William “Billy” Polyaris    (804)218 2204

3rd St. Diner (24 hours)    (804) 788-4750

Sample Script:  (first ask to speak with the manger) Hello, my name is _________ and I’m calling with support of Mo Karn in demanding that they be paid in full, $183.18 in stolen wages.  The working people will not tolerate wage theft by any employer, large or small.  Furthermore we demand that you provide tipped employees’ with a minimum wage of $7.25 and hour,  free shift meals, and that accountability in the form of time sheets be issued to all employee’s at the end of every pay period.

Mr. Polyaris is also co/owner of several “Gentleman’s Clubs” open between 11am & 2am on any given day, except Sunday 7pm – 2am: 

Daddy Rabbits  (804)232.0413
Candy Bar (804)232.5176
Old Dominion Club (804)643.0636
Club Rouge (804)643.2687
End Zone Gentleman’s Club (804)458.2232

You can also leave a message for them on their Facebook pages for various businesses owned by Billy. Here are some links, just copy and paste into your browser.

Have you worked for Mr. Polyaris and have a work story you would like to share? Please consider submitting your testimonial here: [ ]

Some Facts About Tipped-Employees’ 

The Federal Minimum Wage was last raised in 2009 from $6.55 an hour to $7.25 an hour in July, 2009. Some states (not Virginia) have raised the minimum wage,  however there hasn’t been any legislation to raise the Federal Minimum Wage for tipped employee’s since 1991.

Originally, the federal tipped worker minimum wage was 60% of the full minimum wage.  However, it was frozen at just $2.13 per hour in 1991.  Because it has not been increased at all in the decades since then, it has plummeted in value to less than 30% of the minimum wage.(1)

Many states provide stronger protections for tipped workers by requiring that tipped workers be paid above the federal rate.  Illinois guarantees tipped workers 60% of the minimum wage.  In New York and Connecticut it’s approximately 70%.  And Alaska, California, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington guarantee tipped workers the full minimum wage – a best practice that has successfully reduced poverty among tipped workers in those states.(2) Why can’t Virginia become one of those states?

According to the National Restaurant Association, 1 in 10 working Americans nationally work in restaurants which collectively register sales exceeding $600 billion.  Virginia restaurants employ over 342,200 people, and were projected to register $12.8 billion in sales.  Restaurant jobs represent 9% of employment in Virginia.

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