by Associated Press
August 29, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) – Fast-food customers in search of burgers and fries on might run into striking workers instead.
Organizers say thousands of workers are set to stage walkouts in dozens of cities Thursday to push McDonald’s and other chains to pay higher wages.
It’s expected be the largest nationwide strike by fast-food workers, according to organizers. The biggest effort so far: About 2,200 of the nation’s millions of fast-food workers this summer staged a one-day strike in seven cities.
Thursday morning in the metro, dozens of workers crowded the Burger King parking lot at 39th and Rainbow. At noon, they will move to Church’s Chicken, 7200 Eastwood Trafficway. At 3:30 p.m., there will be a rally at Grove Park, located at Chesnut and Truman Road.
At 5 p.m., the workers will move the McDonald’s at 1421 Prospect.
This follows a series of strikes that began last November in New York City, then spread to other cities. Workers say they want $15 an hour, which would be about $31,000 a year for full-time employees. That’s more than double the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, or $15,000 a year.