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Fast Food Workers Protest, Demand Higher Wages

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Several fast food workers turned up at the McDonald's location on Broadway in Nashville to protest for higher wages. Several fast food workers turned up at the McDonald's location on Broadway in Nashville to protest for higher wages.
Fast food workers in New York protest for higher wages. Fast food workers in New York protest for higher wages.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Hundreds of fast food workers and supporters planned to protest at locations across the country to demand higher wages for their low-paying jobs. For the first time, rallies have also been planned in Nashville.

They have been protesting wages they call "unlivable."

Workers showed up at the McDonald's location on Broadway and 50th in New York City and hundreds of other locations Thursday morning. The strikes have been scheduled for 8 a.m. and noon during the peak breakfast and lunch hours.

Organizers said they want higher wages and the right to form unions.

The protesters want fast food restaurants to pay $15 per hour, almost double the current Nashville average pay of $8.54 per hour.

According to strike organizers, an adult with one child needs to make $21.72 per hour working full time to afford just the basics in the Nashville area.

There are 13,000 fast food workers in Nashville. Dozens of workers said they planned to walk out on their jobs.

The fast food industry comprises the fastest growing jobs in the country. Workers said they have to rely on these jobs as their main source of income in the bad economy.

"For me, it's tough, real tough. I can't do any of the things I used to do – pay my mortgage, my car payment, take my family out to dinner – that, we had to cut out. We had to sacrifice a lot of stuff," said fast food worker Eduardo Shoy.

The National Association of Restaurants has reported a dramatic increase of wages like the protestors have asked for would cause higher prices in food and less jobs created within the industry.

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