Warren joins Sanders in support of striking McDonald's workers

Warren joins Sanders in support of striking McDonald's workers

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenThe Hill's Morning Report — Mueller aftermath: What will House Dems do now? Warren spends big on staff in high-stakes 2020 gamble On The Money: Inside the Mueller report | Cain undeterred in push for Fed seat | Analysis finds modest boost to economy from new NAFTA | White House says deal will give auto sector B boost MORE (D-Mass.) on Tuesday voiced her support for McDonald's workers who are on strike to protest the fast food chain's response to sexual harassment in the workplace.

"I stand with @McDonalds workers who are striking today to protest sexual harassment on the job, and retaliation for reporting it," Warren tweeted.

"Low-wage workers are especially vulnerable to workplace discrimination and sexual harassment," she added. "It’s wrong, and it has to stop."

Warren's comments echoed those of Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersGrassroots America shows the people support Donald Trump Five former Obama ambassadors back Buttigieg Both sides were wrong about Mueller report, and none of it will likely matter for 2020 MORE (I-Vt.) from  last week.

ADVERTISEMENT

"Every single worker in this country has a right to a safe workplace where they will not be harassed, assaulted or punished for speaking up," the Vermont senator wrote on Twitter. "We all must stand with McDonald's worker who are bravely fighting back."

The strike, which is slated to affect McDonald's locations in 10 cities across the country, is backed by Fight for 15, a group working to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Fight for 15 and its principal backer, Service Employees International Union, have wrestled with their own allegations of sexual misconduct.

Multiple officials at the two organizations were accused of sexual misconduct last year, the Washington Free Beacon reports. Five were ultimately ousted.

SEIU spokeswoman Sarah Lonardo told the Free Beacon in an email that the union is "committed to ensuring that our own work environment reflects the same values that we fight for on behalf of all workers across the service sector."

"We are uniquely equipped to both continuously improve our workplace and forge ahead in fulfilling our mission to empower workers," she told the Free Beacon. "This includes supporting and standing with the brave women demanding a union and speaking out against the abuse, bullying, harassment, and discrimination at McDonald's."