‘DON'T WANT TO DIE FOR FRIES, McDonald’s workers walk out

In another wildcat strike against working conditions during the COVID-19 Pandemic his time McDonald's workers in California are sounding the alarm after one of their co-workers tested positive for the virus. The same story is repeating itself around the county, whether it be Amazon workers on the southside of Chicago, mass transits workers in Detroit or now fast-food workers in California, they all are saying the same thing.

They want information, testing and safety protect against the COVID-19 virus in there workplaces, as part of their rights under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSHA)

An April 4 story by City News Service follows.

Some workers at a McDonald's on Crenshaw Boulevard in Los Angeles walked off the job Sunday morning to call for more protections against the coronavirus.McDonald's workers in Crenshaw walk out after co-worker tests positive for COVID-19

Workers at a Crenshaw District McDonald's staged a walkout on Sunday after learning a co-worker tested positive for COVID-19, and they say the company has not provided the necessary equipment to keep them safe, a worker said.

The strike happened at the McDonald's restaurant at 2838 Crenshaw Blvd. at 9:30 a.m. as a response of workers learning that a female co-worker tested positive for the virus this past week, Bartoleme Perez, a 30-year cook at McDonald's told City News Service.

Workers are striking until McDonald's provides paid leave after they were exposed to the coronavirus."We don't yet know exactly who tested positive," Perez told CNS."One of our other co-workers let people know that a female worker had tested positive for the virus Monday or Tuesday."

Perez said workers want equipment such as masks to help keep workers safe. Workers already get gloves, he said, because McDonald's is required to give workers gloves. Workers also want to know why the company did not inform the other workers about their sick co-worker, Perez said.

"We've been pleading for protective equipment for more than a month now, but McDonald's is putting its profits ahead of our health," Perez said."We've been pleading for protective equipment for more than a month now, but McDonald's is putting its profits ahead of our health," Perez said.

"We don't want to die for McDonald's burgers and fries." Perez told CNS that workers want a two-week quarantine with full pay because of the co-worker who tested positive for coronavirus. Workers are also demanding that McDonald's cover healthcare costs for any worker or worker's family member who tests positive.


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