Fast-food workers strike across US for $15 minimum pay

Fast food workers, healthcare workers and their supporters shout slogans at a rally and march to demand an increase of the minimum wage, in Los Angeles on December 4, 2014Fast-food workers and others in low-pay jobs on Thursday launched one-day strikes and protests across the United States demanding a $15 an hour minimum wage and union rights. Organizers said workers at major chains like McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s and Taco Bell walked off their jobs in more than 190 cities, from Los Angeles and Phoenix to Chicago, New York and Washington. For the first time since fast-food workers began walkouts two years ago, they were joined by workers from convenience stores and markets in 24 cities, the Fight for $15 campaign said in a statement. Employees in low-wage jobs and labor unions supporting them are pushing to raise the minimum hourly wage to $15 — about double the current federal minimum of $7.25.

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