LOS ANGELES – Workers at a McDonald’s in the Florence neighborhood, south of Los Angeles, were planning to come out and strike on Tuesday.
The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and Fight for $ 15 organized the strike and announced that workers would leave for health and safety reasons at 9:30 a.m.
Union representatives said McDonald’s is a dangerous place to work and that there have been numerous violent incidents there. They cited public documents which they said indicate that there have been 350 calls to 911 in the past two years, which averages out to one call every four days.
Jackie Bunting, McDonald’s U.S. Operations Manager, issued the following statement:
“We are outraged by this senseless act of violence which has no place in our restaurants. Fostering a safe workplace for the crew is extremely important to us, and we have several layers of safety measures established in the restaurant. including security personnel and up-to-date security In this case, protocol was followed and law enforcement was contacted immediately to intervene. We were proud to welcome the affected employee back to work and will continue to focus on the safety of our communities. “
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Some of the incidents reported include brawls that took place inside the restaurant, leaving workers with no choice but to separate them. They also said workers were assaulted by customers and some employees were even robbed at gunpoint while working at the drive-thru.
They file complaints with CAL / OSHA and the Los Angeles Department of Public Health.
Representatives are also calling for passage of the FAST Recovery Act, which was defeated this year in the California State Assembly, but is expected to be reintroduced next year. The law creates a council of the fast food industry to establish industry-wide minimum standards, including wages, hours of work and working conditions.
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