Labor activists go after Burger King in support of fired single mom
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11/22/13 Janelle Irwin
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Tags: unions, minimum wage, labor, activism, Burger King, AFL-CIO, FCAN

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Labor activists crowd a Burger King dining room where a single mother was terminated for reasons they suspect were retaliation to her own activism.


photo by Janelle Irwin



A 19-year old single mother was fired from a Tampa Burger King Friday for what she claims is retaliation for trying to organize with a union for a living wage. Less than 12 hours after she was terminated, more than 30 union leaders and community activists rallied support for the minimum wage worker at the Burger King at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Armenia Avenue.

Labor activists flooded the Burger King dining room and order counter inside the fast food joint demanding to speak with a manager about putting India Lewis back on the schedule. After twenty minutes of chanting, a supervisor identified as Denise showed up, but refused to speak to Lewis despite pleas from union representatives that her termination was illegal.

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It was an honor to stand up with India today for her unlawful firing. I hope BK wisens up and hires her back. They know they fired her illegally, a supervisor even admitted to that on camera!! BK should be ashamed of themselves and I will boycott all BK'S untill India gets her job back!!!



It was an honor to stand up with India today for her unlawful firing. I hope BK wisens up and hires her back. They know they fired her illegally, a supervisor even admitted to that on camera!! BK should be ashamed of themselves and I will boycott all BK'S untill India gets her job back!!!



It was an honor to stand up with India today for her unlawful firing. I hope BK wisens up and hires her back. They know they fired her illegally, a supervisor even admitted to that on camera!! BK should be ashamed of themselves and I will boycott all BK'S untill India gets her job back!!!