Joining the “Strike for Black Lives,” tens of thousands of fast-food, ride-share, nursing homes and airport employees in more than 25 cities in the United States are organizing a full-day strike to leave the workplace on July 20. Many who are unable to strike for a full day will walk out for about eight minutes-the period of time the plaintiffs say a white Minneapolis police officer kept his knee on George Floyd’s throat-in remembrance of Black men and women who recently died in police custody.
Organizers are pushing for sweeping corporate and government intervention to counter systemic racism in an environment that shakes off economic mobility and career opportunities for many Black and Hispanic employees, who make up a disproportionate number of those getting paid less than a living wage. We emphasize the needs for guaranteed sick leave, quality health insurance and improved protection measures for low-wage employees who have never had the choice of working from home during the coronavirus pandemic.
Among the common demands of the strikers are that companies and government announce unambiguously that “Black lives matter” According to a list of demands, elected officials at all levels must use executive and legislative authority to enact legislation that can ensure that citizens of all races can prosper. Employers will need to increase salaries and encourage workers to unionize in order to demand better benefits, sick time and education for children.
Strike Leader Talks About Benefits
The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the American Teachers’ Federation, United Farm Workers and the $15 Struggle, and a Coalition founded by American fast-food employees in 2012 to fight for a higher minimum wage, are endorsing the campaign. Participating social and economic justice movements include March On, the Center for Popular Democracy, the National Domestic Workers Alliance and the Black Lives Movement, a network of more than 150 organizations that make up the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement.
Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson, a strike leader with the Movement for Black Lives, said business corporations in support of the BLM campaign have also benefited from social inequality and inequity in the wake of national demonstrations over police brutality.
Trece Andrews is a Black nursing home worker. She works for a retirement home in the Detroit area run by Ciena Healthcare. She said she feels disheartened after years of being passed over for promotions. The 49-year-old thinks that racial prejudice plays a role in stagnating her career.
Andrews said insufficient personal protective gear makes her afraid. It is to get the coronavirus home from her work. She is a single mother to her father, a cancer survivor, a 13-year-old daughter and caregiver.
Two Black Workers Death
Organizers have drawn inspiration from the strike of Memphis health workers over low pay. Also, welfare inequalities between black and white employees. Further, poor working conditions that led to the deaths of two black workers in 1968. King killed in Memphis in 1968 after he gives a speech in favour of the health workers. By the close of the two-month strike, about 1,300 mostly Black sanitation workers jointly bargained for better pay.
Organizers of “Strike for Black Lives” say they want to break a multigenerational cycle of deprivation perpetuated. It is by anti-union and other policies that make collective bargaining. It is for fair pay and working conditions impossible.
Systemic poverty can affect 140 million people in the US. It is with 62 million workings for under a living wage, as per the Poor People ‘s Campaign. A National Call for Moral Revival, a strike partner organization. Around 54% of Black workers and 63% of Hispanic workers fall into this category. Also, compared to 37% of white workers and 40% of Asian-American workers, the group said.
Participants in Missouri will gather at a McDonald’s in Ferguson. It is a central point in the campaign for outrage triggering by the death of Michael Brown. He is a Black teenager kill by police in 2014. Instead, the demonstrators will march to a memorial site on the spot. It is where Brown killed. Nursing home staff in Minneapolis will take part in a caravan which will include an airport stop. Wheelchair attendants and cabin cleaners will join them seeking a minimum wage of $ 15 an hour, organizers said.
So, Angely Rodriguez Lambert, a 26-year-old McDonald’s worker in Oakland, California. Also, activist in the Fight for $15 and a Union, said she and other colleagues tested COVID-19 positively. Thus, it is after they initially provide sufficient protective equipment to the employees.