Fast food strikes set for Thursday

Fast food strikes set for Thursday

Stock up on your cheeseburgers now: Organizers behind a series of strikes in the fast food industry over the last few months are promising another round Thursday, claiming there will be events in 100 cities, including Boston; Chicago; Denver; Hartford, Conn.; Houston; Los Angeles; Memphis, Tenn.; New York; Oakland, Calif.; Raleigh, N.C.; and Tampa, Fla.

The strikes are being organized by the nonprofit group Fast Food Forward, which last led a round of strikes in late August. The group is calling for a base $15 an hour wage at restaurants like McDonald’s, Wendy’s and KFC, many of which only pay minimum wage.

The National Restaurant Association disputed that these would be grassroots protests though, telling the Associated Press the “campaign [is] engineered by national labor groups,” and that previous ones “have fallen well short of their purported numbers.”

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