Workers in Manchester stage first-ever NH fast-food strike
MANCHESTER — Organizers said low-wage workers staged the first-ever fast-food strike in New Hampshire Saturday when workers opted to picket outside fast food restaurants on South Willow Street rather than flip burgers.
Several hundred participated in a Fight for 15 rally on South Willow Street around Burger King, Wendy's, Pizza Hut and other restaurants. Stephanie Pollock, who said she works at both Burger King and McDonald's, said she didn't show up for a shift in order to participate. It involved chanting slogans inside Wendy's and Burger King. She said a march down the sidewalk toward McDonald's was halted by police.
“It was kind of like why are you stopping us? We're exercising our rights,” Pollock said. Manchester police Lt. Joe Mucci said police made no arrests or issued no citations, but he was unaware of any other actions by police.
Kendall Fells, an organizer with Fight for 15, said recent pay increases in Massachusetts have inspired workers.
“This is the first ever strike in New Hampshire, but they're going to continue,” he said.