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Chicago Fast Food Workers Join Strike

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Fast food workers in Chicago are joining a strike against low wages commonly paid in the industry. The protest is aimed at raising wages paid to employees. Many of the striking workers are calling for a minimum wage of 15 dollars an hour in the fast food industry. Employees are also asking for better working conditions. In addition, workers in many locations want the right to unionize without fear of retribution from management. One striking employee in Chicago said, "The people that prepare the food are the heart and soul of the services. It's absurd for $8.25. It's just not enough, and if they were in our shoes, they would understand." In the Windy City, 92 percent of fast food workers report having to work unpaid hours and being denied breaks. The protests took place all day on May 15th, in 150 locations around the world. Protests were staged in 80 cities, spread over more than 30 countries.

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