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The fast-food worker strikes are expanding

People in nearly 150 cities across the U.S. are planning to strike on May 15,according to labor organizers. McDonald's workers announced that they will protest outside of a restaurant in New York City. The movement is also heading overseas where workers in 33 other countries plan to join in on the protest.

Workers delivered a letter to McDonald's requesting the fast food giant to raise wages, and respect workers' rights around the world. Security guards would not allow them to bring the letter inside McDonald's, so they did the next best thing - posted it on the door. It was later removed.
The protest movement, which originated in 2012 in New York, last year spread to about 100 cities, including Boston, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles and Memphis.

Workers from fast food giants like McDonald's, Burger King, and Wendy's, are calling on employers to pay them a minimum wage of $15 an hour and allow them to form unions without retaliation.

Currently, the median pay for the fast food workers across the country is just over $9 an hour, or about $18,500 a year. That's roughly $4,500 lower than Census Bureau's poverty income threshold level of $23,000 for a family of four.

Source: CNNMoney

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