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Management at a Downtown Brooklyn Wendy’s probably thought it was sending a stern message to its staff after one of its employees was fired this morning for participating in yesterday’s city-wide walkout.
Well, just hours after laying down the law, it appears that the owner stepped in and hired the worker back. Surely the decision wasn’t solely out of the kindness of his heart, but perhaps more directly inspired by the wellness of his wallet.
Hours of protesting and boycotting staged by the worker’s fellow employees and passersby left business at the Wendy’s on 425 Fulton Street rather barren for most of the day.
City Councilman Jumaane Williams, who traveled to different fast-food joints around the city to lend his support to workers, announced the news of the rehiring on Twitter this afternoon:
“After negotiations #Wendy’s owner. Fired worker got her job back. Many thanks to him. “Let’s move#fastfoodfwd!” We are the 99%!!.”
Around noon, Williams indicated that business at the Wendy’s was all but non-existent because of protesting employees and supporters, as well as passersby who refused to patronize the restaurant as a show of solidarity with the workers.
“#Wendy’s now under protest, virtually shut down. ‘Let’s move #fastfoodfwd!’ Can’t survive on $7.25. Instead of firing let’s talk…or else!” Willams wrote on his Twitter page.”
He and other city council members joined fast-food workers in their journey back to work this morning. Hundreds of employees staged walk-outs at different fast-food locations throughout the city yesterday.
The workers were participating in the Fast Food Forward movement for higher wages and the right to unionize – a movement that has grabbed the attention of folks throughout the country and around the city in the past few days.
Nearly 17,000 people have signed the Fast Food Forward petition so far, and thousands of people have begun following the movement through social media.
The employees are seeking a wage increase to $15/hour. The organization says that the average fast-food worker in New York City makes only about $11,000 a year while many fast-food CEOs make about $25,000 a day.