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Fast-food workers around the nation unite for pay strike

- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 29, 2013

Fast-food workers around the nation have called for a massive strike on Thursday, billing it as the largest industry-wide job walk-off in the past year's push for better pay.

Employees with McDonald's Corp. Wendy's Restaurants LLC, Burger King Worldwide Inc. and others — including retailers, like Macy's Inc. and Sears Holdings Corp — have all vowed to walk off their jobs. The planned strike is nationwide, from Boston, Mass., to Alameda, Calif., Reuters reported.

Fast-food workers last November staged a walk-off in New York City. That was followed by a similarly staged protest in Chicago, Kansas City and Detroit in April and July.

Employees are hoping to form unions and obtain better pay. They currently earn $7.25 an hour — the federal minimum wage — but want $15 per hour, Reuters said.

The National Employment Law Project, meanwhile, reports that the median wage for fast-food workers is really $8.94 an hour.

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