Fast-food workers strike nationwide to demand higher wages, right to unionize

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Fast-food workers around the country are going on strike Tuesday to demand higher wages and the right to unionize.

Workers from 270 cities nationwide are expected to walk out on their jobs at fast-food restaurants like McDonalds to demand $15 an hour.

The protests mark the workers’ largest show of force in the three years since they launched a series of rallies to call for higher pay.

Tens of thousands of workers and supporters were expected to take part in Tuesday’s demonstrations, which began around dawn at McDonald’s outlets in downtown Brooklyn, Boston and Philadelphia, among other locations.

At a McDonalds in San Francisco’s Mission District, the protests began at 6 a.m.

Several cities are already trying to establish a $15 minimum wage, including San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York.

Protests in as many as 700 additional cities were planned by low-paid home care, child care, farm, FedEx, nursing home and other workers throughout the day.

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