Sep 19, 2018

McDonald's workers say #MeToo in nationwide strike

McDonalds employees and other fast food chain workers protest against sexual harassment in the workplace in Chicago, Illinois. Photo: Joshua Lott/AFP/Getty Images

Hundreds of McDonald’s workers in Chicago, Kansas City and other parts of the country staged protests on Tuesday against sexual harassment in the workplace and demanded the fast food chain do more to curtail the problem, reports the New York Times.

Why it matters: This is the first strike in more than 100 years about workplace sexual harassment at McDonald’s stores, according to organizers. The Times notes that low wages and the disproportionate number of young people and women working in the industry make them more vulnerable to sexual harassment. McDonald’s told the Times that it takes the issue seriously has been crafting measures to provide further protections for workers. It refused to comment on employment commission complaints, citing "active litigation."

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Minneapolis mayor to Trump: “Weakness is pointing your finger” during a crisis

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey fired back at President Trump on Friday, after the president accused the mayor of weak leadership amid violence sparked by the killing of an unarmed black man by a white police officer.

Driving the news: Trump made his accusations in a pair of tweets early Friday, saying he would bring the national guard into Minneapolis if Frey couldn't “bring the City under control.” 

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In photos: Protests over George Floyd's death grip Minneapolis

The Third Police Precinct burns in Minneapolis on Thursday night. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Demonstrators demanding justice burned a Minneapolis police station and took control of the streets around it last night, heaving wood onto the flames, kicking down poles with surveillance cameras and torching surrounding stores.

What's happening: The crowd was protesting the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man whose life was snuffed out Tuesday by a white Minneapolis police officer who kneeled on his neck for about eight minutes.