- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Thousands of fast food restaurant employees around the nation have staged a strike, demanding to be paid a minimum of $15 per hour.

That’s a 66 percent hike over current pay levels. Most are paid at a rate of $9.02 per hour, United Press International reported.

The workers are striking in New York City, Chicago, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Kansas City, Detroit and Flint, Mich,, UPI reported.

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Several groups banded together to start the strike: New York Communities for Change, Jobs with Justice and Action Now, and The Service Employees International Union.

This isn’t the first pay hike demand by fast food workers. In April, hundreds walked off their jobs in New York City and in Chicago, pressuring their places of employment to increase their pay.