Fast food workers strike in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Josh Eidelson)

Fast food workers in cities all across the country are expected to strike Thursday as part of growing protests against the nation’s biggest restaurant and retailer chains. Low-wage workers at businesses like McDonald’s and Macy’s are fighting for a living wage of $15 an hour in pay, which is more than double the current national minimum wage of $7.25.

Organizing against low-paying jobs at fast food restaurants began last November in New York when hundreds of workers went on strike in a one-day protest. By the summer, the movement expanded to include thousands of workers across the country in cities like Detroit, Chicago, and Kansas City.

This time around, workers in places like Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Memphis, and Raleigh, plan on getting involved with backing from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).


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