Workers in the fast-food, rideshare industries will be joined by nursing-home and airport employees in a one-day strike July 20 in support of the Black Lives Matter Movement, the Associated Press reported.
Organizers of the “Strike for Black Lives” want corporations and elected officials to recognize and act against systemic racism within diverse sectors of an economy that they said limits opportunities for many Black and Hispanic workers. They are also pressing for sick pay, affordable health-care coverage, and additional safety measures.
The action, across more than 25 cities, is expected to draw tens of thousands of workers. Those who cannot join the walkout for a full shift will stop working for about eight minutes, the amount of time a Minneapolis police officer pushed down on George Floyd’s head with his knee, the AP said.
“Our members have been on a journey…to understanding why we cannot win economic justice without racial justice. This strike for Black lives is a way to take our members’ understanding about that into the streets,” president of the Service Employees International Union, Mary Kay Henry, told the AP.