Thousands of fast-food workers across the nation will walk off their jobs Thursday as part of a one day protest.
Connecticut working families reports it’s the largest-ever strike to hit the $200 billion industry. Hartford is on the list, as the strike will span 50 cities across the United States.
Father of three, Kevin Burgos plans on participating in the strike. He works as an Assistant Manager at a Hartford Dunkin Donuts and said he earns $10.50 an hour.
“I’ve been here 8 years and my last raise was like 6 years ago,” he said. Burgos watched other fast-food workers protest across the country earlier this year and now he helped create one in Hartford. Instead of brewing coffee and serving customers Thursday morning he’ll be stirring up some change.
“I think this is a great way of them maybe paying us a little higher,” said Burgos.
The workers are asking to earn $15 an hour and the right to a union.
“Right now there is no paid sick time, so if your daughter is sick you lose a day of pay,” he said.
To make ends meet he works on cars and finds scrap metal to sell. It’s a life that he doesn’t want anymore. He wants change and he wants it now.
“It basically going to be one voice standing strong so America can know these guys bust their butts for these guys to get all this money. It`s time to start sharing a little bit of that.”
Workers will begin their strike at 6 a.m. at the Dunkin Donuts at 129 Weston Street in Hartford.
Following that they will meet at the Old State House at 12:00 p.m. alongside elected officials and labor organizations for a rally.