Just because someone works in fast food, that does NOT give you the right to treat them poorly!
We're talking to BOTH customers and bosses! If there's an epic heatwave pounding everyone in the country right now, maybe you should figure out a way to keep the environment safe and comfortable for everybody!
Some franchises are finding out the hard way that they can't eff around with their employees lives:workers at a Manhattan McDonald’s and a Chicago Dunkin’ Donuts have just gone on strike today to protest alleged unsafe heat! They are single-store strikes, spurred by dangerous environments — one that has even led to employees collapsing!
Here's what one of those McDonald's employees said:
“I felt dizzy and sick. My co-workers were afraid, but I wasn’t. I just wasn’t going to work that way.”
She and three other workers walked out of their store around 10 AM, AFTER a co-worker fainted from the heat! The employee had to be wheeled to an ambulance by paramedics, but is recovering well!
The worker apparently had repeatedly said she didn’t feel well and even went downstairs to vomit in the bathroom! Guess what the manager did! THEY followed her there to order her back to work!
The worker continued:
“She was laying down on some chairs and vomiting and then she fell and fainted. Her eyes were rolling back…That’s when we said, enough is enough.”
Interestingly enough, they've gotten the attention of New York City Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez, who said this:
“This is a crime. This is a crime to have workers doing their job, providing their services, with the temperature going more than 110 degrees without air conditioning. [They] have been working in that situation for four or five days. They brought that condition to the manager, they did not respond.”
At this point, we hope the strike works — and we hope that they can get back to work in a safe environment. We also hope that nobody gets hurt if McDonald's and Dunkin Donuts want to play around with such dangerous situations!
At one of the locations, a manager DID show up with a portable air conditioner! We hope that everyone else will follow suit!
[Image via AP Images.]