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All across California, fast food workers were protesting against unfit working conditions at corporate fast food chains. Just days ago, these workers were marching with Fight for $15, but they were also protesting against uncaring management about unhealthy and unsafe work conditions.
In particular, they are fighting in support of Assembly Bill 257 (AB257), which would enable workers to have a voice in speaking up for minimum health, safety, and employment standards. It would also enable franchise restaurants to leverage when they need resources to comply with these new standards. Regardless, all restaurants would need to be sure that all locations have what is needed.
Allegedly, managers know what’s going on are just not doing anything about it. A number of protesters are saying things like, “Management is accustomed to these kinds of violent incidents, and we don’t think they care what happens to us,” and “They tell us that if someone gets violent we should run to the bathroom or run out the back door, but there isn’t always time to react.” According to KRON 4, there are also allegations that managers have failed to protect their employees against COVID-19.
However, the protesters want to emphasize that these protests are not against mom-and-pop shops, that they are against corporate working conditions primarily, as is stated by Yahoo. One protester, Carlos Marcuz, cites needing to work 16 hour days, working without air conditioning, and wanting to see his family. Apparently, management at his store is blaming a lack of applicants for the absence of change. But Marcuz states, “they just want to save money and work us like robots.”
There are also further reports of similarly terrible conditions. NBC Los Angeles reports complaints of 7 day work weeks and sewers flooding kitchens and other workspaces. State Senator Bob Archuleta, when speaking at the rally in Monterey Park, says, “We’re talking about business ladies and gentlemen. It is good business to treat your employees with pride, with dignity.”
KTLA mentions that protestors think this protest will be different, mainly because this protest is about work conditions and not about raising the minimum wage. Cooks, janitors, and cashiers are rallying together to build up a “stronger society” and to push against the sanitation issues and other problems that have only been made worse by the pandemic. These other issues include not having enough security on the premises of job locations, as well as needing to update industry standards in general.