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Fast food workers go on strike in seven U.S. cities

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VERONICA LINARES, UPI.com
A McDonald's restaurant in Washington, DC. (UPI/Billie Jean Shaw)
A McDonald's restaurant in Washington, DC. (UPI/Billie Jean Shaw)

Thousands of fast food workers around the U.S. have gone on strike and are demanding a $15 an hour wage as well as the right to unionize.

Dozens of restaurants in New York City, Chicago, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Kansas City, Detroit and Flint, Mich. will be affected by the protest over the course of the week.

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The strike was organized by New York Communities for Change, Jobs with Justice and Action Now and The Service Employees International Union.

The protest's sought wage of $15 and hour would represent a 66 percent increase in regards to the current $9.02 an hour offered by most U.S. fast food chains to cooks.

In April, hundreds of fast-food employees walked out of their posts to join the protests taking place on the streets in NYC and Chicago.

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