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Fast-food Strikes Set For Cities Nationwide

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Fast-food customers in search of burgers and fries on might run into striking workers instead. Fast-food customers in search of burgers and fries on might run into striking workers instead.
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Perez: Fast food strikes show need for wage hike

Labor Secretary Thomas Perez says the strikes by fast-food workers show the need to raise the minimum wage.

Perez is leading the push by President Barack Obama to boost the minimum wage from $7.25 to $9 an hour. Congress has not acted on the proposal.

The fast-food workers are seeking a $15 minimum wage.

Perez gave a wide-ranging interview to The Associated Press. He compares the recent protests to the 1963 March on Washington, which sought a national minimum wage to give workers better living standards.

He says that for too many people in minimum wage jobs, quote, "the rungs on the ladder of opportunity are feeling further and further apart."

Atlanta fast food workers planning walk out

A group of fast food workers in Atlanta is planning to walk off the job to push for better wages.

Atlanta Jobs with Justice Officials say employees at several chain restaurants in the city are planning to walk off the job Thursday to push for unionization and hourly pay of $15.

Organizers say Atlanta is home to more than 77,000 fast food workers who earn median wages of about $8.50 to $10.70.

Organizers say the walk-out in inspired by seven similar strikes across the country earlier this summer. Organizers say local clergy, elected officials and community supporters are expected to join the strike.

Demonstrations are being planned at the Five Points MARTA station in downtown Atlanta, and at a McDonald's and Church's Chicken in southeast Atlanta.

Fast-food strikes set for cities nationwide

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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