If you go to a fast food restaurant in New York City today, there might not be anyone there to take your order. Many fast food workers in the Big Apple walked off the job today in protest of low wages and what they perceived as retaliation against employees who have supported a massive unionization campaign.

The effort has employed 40 full-time organizers to recruit people at Wendy’s, Taco Bell, McDonalds and other restaurants in what experts say is the biggest unionization attempt by fast-food workers in U.S. history, according to the New York Times.

The striking workers are pushing to reduce income inequality. According to the State Department, the median pay for fast food workers in NYC is $9 an hour.

In the face of unionization, McDonald’s released a statement which reads: “McDonald’s values our employees and has consistently remained committed to them, so in turn they can provide quality service to our customers.”


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