Chanting Fast-Food Workers Protest Downtown

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City fast-food workers are participating in a nationwide protest over low wages.
About 150 workers and supporters rallied Thursday outside a Wendy’s in downtown Manhattan. They chanted “We can’t survive on $7.25.”
Workers are demanding $15 an hour. That’s more than double the federal minimum wage of $7.25.
The restaurant was open but there were no customers inside.
Earlier, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn joined about 300 to 400 protesters on a midtown march. 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.
The protests were among many walkouts planned in New York and other cities. A series of strikes began last November in New York, then spread to other cities.

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