Fast food employees look to strike internationally on May 15

BY Justin Scuiletti  May 7, 2014 at 6:10 PM EST
Protesters rally outside of a Wendy's in support of raising fast food wages from $7.25 per hour to $15 per hour on December 5, 2013 in New York City. Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images

Protesters rally outside of a Wendy’s in support of raising fast food wages from $7.25 per hour to $15 per hour on December 5, 2013 in New York City. Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images

Fast-food workers announced their intention Wednesday to launch an international strike across 33 countries for better working conditions and pay.

The strike, which will see 150 cities take part in the United States, was announced outside a McDonald’s restaurant in Manhattan by Fast Food Forward, a movement which represents fast-food workers in the U.S. The target date is set for May 15 — reflecting workers’ goal for a pay increase to $15 an hour.

In November the NewsHourprofiled Shenita Simon, one of the fast-food workers nationwide advocating for higher wages: