Fast-food strikes set for cities nationwide

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Associated Press

Posted on August 29, 2013 at 1:36 AM

Updated Thursday, Aug 29 at 6:02 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — Fast-food customers in search of burgers and fries on might run into striking workers instead.

Organizers say thousands of workers are set to stage walkouts in dozens of cities Thursday to push McDonald's and other chains to pay higher wages.

It's expected be the largest nationwide strike by fast-food workers, according to organizers. The biggest effort so far: About 2,200 of the nation's millions of fast-food workers this summer staged a one-day strike in seven cities.

This follows a series of strikes that began last November in New York City, then spread to other cities. Workers say they want $15 an hour, which would be about $31,000 a year for full-time employees. That's more than double the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, or $15,000 a year.

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