Far Too Little for Way Too Long

Walmart strikes, NELP's Christine Owens, and fast food strikes

“Fast-food workers, like many low-wage workers around the country, have just had far too much of far too little, for far too long. So they’ve gone out into the streets to say, we need a living wage and we need the right to organize into unions without retaliation.”

– NELP’s Christine Owens, on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, Sept. 4, 2013

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Last week marked an important escalation of fast-food workers’ campaign for fair wages and the right to form unions without retaliation, with one-day strikes at roughly 1,000 fast-food restaurants in 60 cities on August 29th.

And just yesterday, Walmart workers in 15 cities around the nation joined together to protest the poverty pay and the retaliation their colleagues have suffered because they dared to speak up.

NELP supported these efforts with extensive media outreach, public commentary, and research support. Here are some of the highlights:


  • Christine Owens made the case for raising the minimum wage to help address the crisis of low-wage work, on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal;
  • Paul Sonn explained how today’s strikes carry the torch of the historic 1963 March on Washington, and why a living wage is truly feasible, on MSNBC’s Craig Melvin show and Wall Street Journal Live;
  • Tsedeye Gebreselassie discussed why fast-food workers are striking for higher wages, on MSNBC’s Jansing & Co. and Melissa Harris-Perry show;
  • Jack Temple pointed out that the fast-food industry is ground zero for America’s low-wage economy, on MSNBC’s NOW with Alex Wagner;
  • Cathy Ruckelshaus explained why the low-wage worker strikes are resonating around the country, on Uprising Pacifica Radio;
  • Op-eds published in Reuters and Huffington Post in the lead-up to Labor Day described the rich tapestry of today’s low-wage worker actions and what we should do to extend economic opportunity and security through work.

We believe that people who work for a living should be able to make a living from work. That’s why we advocate for policies that lift the incomes of tens of millions of workers at the bottom of the labor market. NELP is fighting to end “working poverty”—and with your support, we’re confident we’ll get there.

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