Fast-food strikes set for cities nationwide - New York News

Chanting fast-food workers protest in Manhattan

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NEW YORK (AP) — New York City fast-food workers are part of a nationwide protest over low wages.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn joined about 300 to 400 protesters on a midtown Manhattan march Thursday morning.

Among other things, she led chanting protesters into a McDonald's near the Empire State Building.

The Democratic mayoral candidate said the fast-food industry must recognize workers' right to unionize.

It was among many walkouts planned Thursday in New York and other cities around the country.

A series of strikes began last November in New York, then spread to cities including Chicago, Detroit and Seattle.

Workers want $15 an hour. That's more than double the federal minimum wage of $7.25.

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