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I stand with striking Chicago fast food and retail workers. They deserve $15 an hour and the right to form a union without retaliation.

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I want to give the world to my son, but I can't on minimum wage. - Adriana Alvarez

Who We Are

Founded in November 2012, the Workers Organizing Committee of Chicago is a union of fast food workers organizing for better conditions in the fast food industry. Our Fight for 15 campaign seeks: $15/hour living wage and union rights, and racial and economic justice.. 

Fast food is a $200 billion industry, yet most of us are forced to rely on public assistance. Each year, our labor brings billions of dollars into stores, but almost all of these profits go to the corporations, while we struggle to provide our families with basic necessities like food, rent, healthcare and transportation. In the fast food industry, 52% of families are enrolled in one or more public assistance programs. Such low wages cost taxpayers about $7 billion a year. On top of that, we don’t receive any benefits like sick days or paid vacations and many of us are victims of disrespects, health and safety violations, and wage theft.

We believe that people who work hard for a living should make enough to support themselves, their families and their neighborhoods—and that workers should be treated with dignity and respect. We believe this will not only improve our lives, but create jobs and make Chicago and the nation’s economies stronger.