Hundreds of fast food workers
walked off their jobs in dozens of U.S. cities on Thursday -- reportedly
forcing at least a few locations to temporarily close or re-staff while mostly
managers filled-in -- as sympathetic protesters in several dozen countries
joined in a united call for wages of $15 an hour and the right to form a union.
was reported early Thursday. Restaurants such as McDonald's, Burger King,
Wendy's and KFC are being targeted. The strike, targeting the $200 billion
fast-food industry at a time of intense competition, is aimed at directing
consumer attention to the low wages of most fast-food workers. The one-day
campaign continues protests launched 18 months ago.
claim that managers opted to briefly close down a Burger King in Dorchester,
Mass, where a some workers were striking, but Burger King spokesman Alix
Salyers insists that store was never closed. While McDonald's officials insist
that no McDonald's restaurants have been closed anywhere due to the strike,
protesters insist that several have.
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