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Fast-Food Workers Shut Down the Crosstown

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If you want to get people’s attention, try making them late for work. That’s pretty much the tack that a group of fast-food workers took last September when they marched out into the busy Crosstown on a weekday afternoon and blocked traffic for more than an hour. As civil disobedience goes, it was a relatively mild action, but it sure got people talking. The couple-dozen workers were demanding that their employers pay a $15-an-hour wage, a significant increase from the current $7.25 minimum wage, and they were backed by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the S.C. Progressive Network, Raise Up For 15, and the Carolina Alliance for Fair Employment. One Chick-fil-A worker summed up the spirit of the event while seated on the asphalt staring down cars as they turned to take alternate routes, “I’ll sit right here until I feel like moving.” To our knowledge, none of the workers got the raises they were asking for, but they certainly made their voices heard.
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