NY Daily Times: It was too hot in the kitchen — so they got out.
Workers at a McDonald’s in Washington Heights walked off the job Friday when the air-conditioning broke down and a co-worker was hospitalized due to the stifling heat.
Other employees complained of heat-related sickness before the sudden walkout by several members of the morning shift.
“No AC, no peace,” read a sign held by one of the sweaty strikers outside the fast food franchise on Broadway.
“It happens every summer and we’re tired of working like that,” griped employee Luisa Billa, 26. “They need to fix it. It’s not fair. They have the money, but won’t do anything.”
Billa, a 9-year McDonald’s veteran, said the summer rising of the mercury is inevitably accompanied b
y the crashing of the store’s AC unit.
The perking coffee and steaming griddles only added to the stifling heat.
“You can see there are no customers in the store,” she said. “It’s very, very hot in there.”
As the workers and some neighborhood residents protested outside, other employees kept the business open for a dwindling number of customers — many left wiping their sweat-so
aked brows with napkins.
City Council member Ydanis Rodriguez and state Sen. Adriano Espaillat turned out in support of the workers.
“This morning, one of the workers had to be taken to the hospital ... because of a lack of air-conditioning,” said Rodriguez. “This is i
The store’s manager refused to answer questions — and actually ran off when Rodriguez attempted to hand him a letter complaining about conditions at the eatery.nhumane. We are here to say enough is enough.”