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Fast food workers in 150 cities launch biggest strike in industry history

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On May 15, fast food workers in over 150 cities are expected to walk off the job in what is being called the biggest day of action in the fast food industry’s history. (#FastFoodGlobal/CreativeCommons)

On Thursday, May 15, thousands of fast food workers in an estimated 150 cities are expected to strike. Organizers are also predicting protests in an estimated 30 countries across the world. The strikes are being billed as the largest in a series of escalating days of action since the fast food workers movement began in early 2012.

In New York City, the actions are starting break-of-dawn early in order to catch the Egg McMuffin commuter crowd. (Actually, word on the street is that the hot new item is the Taco Bell Waffle Taco, although Waging Nonviolence will definitely not be sampling the menu.) While most walk-out locations are not being publicized ahead of time in order to avoid tipping off management, organizers have arranged for a pre-dawn bus to help transport those who want to stand in solidarity with striking fast food workers to the actions. Usually, your trusted Waging Nonviolence editors are far from early risers (as in we refuse to hold edit meetings before 11 am), but we’ve decided that tomorrow’s strike is so important, we’ll be hopping aboard the 4:45 a.m. bus to bring you breaking live coverage of the actions.

Follow us throughout the morning on Facebook and Twitter for minute-by-minute coverage and photos of this historic day of action. And check out our previous coverage of the fast food worker walkouts here.