Fast-food workers rally across the country for higher wages

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Labor's $15 Wage Strategy

Fast-food workers are joining forces with home health care aids and Wal-Mart workers on April 15 to rally for higher wages. Rallies will be taking place across the country as protesters strive to increase wages up to a 15 dollar per hour rate.

Via Associated Press

The push is being spearheaded by the Service Employees International Union and has included demonstrations around the country to build public support for raising pay for fast food and other low-wage workers, although turnout has varied from city to city. Last May, the campaign reached the doorsteps of McDonald's headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois, where protesters were arrested after declining to leave the property ahead of the company's annual meeting.

McDonald's recently raised wages in a response to protests, but many workers were unhappy and called the small pay increase a publicity stunt.

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In this June 2, 2014 photo, Wendy Harrison, a waitress at the icon Grill in Seattle, carries food to a table as she works during lunchtime. An Associated Press comparison of the cost of living at several other major U.S. cities found that a $15 minimum wage, like Seattle adopted this week, will make a difference, but won’t buy a lavish lifestyle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
In this June 2, 2014 photo, Wendy Harrison, a waitress at the icon Grill in Seattle, picks up a food order from the kitchen as she works during lunchtime. An Associated Press comparison of the cost of living at several other major U.S. cities found that a $15 minimum wage, like Seattle adopted this week, will make a difference, but won’t buy a lavish lifestyle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
In this June 2, 2014 photo, Gradie Wallen a bartender at the icon Grill in Seattle, mixes a drink as he works during lunchtime. An Associated Press comparison of the cost of living at several other major U.S. cities found that a $15 minimum wage, like Seattle adopted this week, will make a difference, but won’t buy a lavish lifestyle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, center speaks Monday, June 2, 2014, at a rally outside Seattle City Hall after the Seattle City Council passed a $15 minimum wage measure in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Nick Musser, general manager and executive chef of the icon Grill in Seattle, poses for a photo, Monday, June 2, 2014, in the kitchen of his restaurant. Musser is worried that aspects of the $15 minimum wage passed Monday by the Seattle City Council will make it difficult for his independent restaurant to compete with larger companies that also operate restaurants. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Carlos Hernandez-Sosa, center left, holds a sign in support of Seattle's $15 minimum wage measure, Monday, June 2, 2014, during a meeting of the Seattle City Council, which eventually passed the $15 minimum wage measure later in the meeting. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
A group rallies outside a McDonald's restaurant at the Empire State Plaza concourse on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. Fast food workers from around New York state are urging lawmakers to let cities and towns set their own minimum wages. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
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