Fast-food Strikes Continue

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Thousands of people working at fast-food restaurants have a common demand: $15 an hour and the right to unionize. At McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Burger King and KFC stores and other grease-slinging corporations, people protested the low wages.

“We are all going through the same thing. We get burns from deep fryers. We don’t have health benefits. We get treated unfairly in the workplaces. We need more wages,” said Naquasia LeGrand, who works at a Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise in Brooklyn.

The protests has spread to many cities in US – Detroit, Flint, Kansas City, Memphis, New York City, Chicago, Washington D.C., where thousands of people risked their job.

In July, president Obama launched a national economic speaking tour. The president proposed to raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour. It has stalled in Congress.

“I’m really proud of this movement,” says LeGrand. “It’s something historical; it’s never been done.”

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