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Fast food workers strike around the country; many are getting paid to strike

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Thursday, fast food workers around the country began to strike in an effort to raise the current minimum wage; the strike started a year ago and has slowly picked up steam, but quickly became more organized as union groups began to pay workers Thursday for showing up. Thursday's demonstration spread to over 100 cities in the United States.

Dunkin Donuts, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Arby’s, Taco Bell and Bruegger’s Bagels employees took part in the demonstrations, according to CBS Local. Currently, the minimum wage is $7.25 an hour and fast food workers want $15 an hour.

In 100 cities around the United States, fast food workers went on strike in an effort to make a change in the federal minimum wage. The strike is being organized by union groups and they are paying the workers to show up to strike instead of go work. The fast food worker strike started a year ago and recently picked up steam and has become more organized.

CNN Money reported that several “union-backed groups, like Fast Food Forward and Fight for 15” were paying fast food workers about $50 to protest instead of work which is more money than most of the workers would make if they were at work.

Fast food workers say that many of them work full-time, but they can’t live on $7.25 an hour. Many people assume that most fast food workers are teenagers, but many adults also work in the fast food industry and are trying to support a family on that money and it just isn't working.

President Obama has already stated that he would support a measure to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

President Obama said: “The opportunity gap in America is now as much about class as it is about race, and that gap is growing. So if we’re going to take on growing inequality, and try to improve upward mobility for all people, we’ve got to move beyond the false notion that this is an issue exclusively of minority concern.”

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