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Fri., April 5, 2013, 10 a.m.

NYC fast food workers walk out

FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2010 file photo, patrons enjoy a meal at a Burger King in Springfield, Ill.  The movement by U.S. food corporations toward more humane treatment of animals experienced a whopper of a shift Wednesday, April 25, 2012,  when Burger King announced that all of its eggs and pork will come from cage-free chickens and pigs by 2017. The decision by the world's second-biggest fast-food restaurant raises the bar for other companies seeking to appeal to the rising consumer demand for more humanely produced fare. (Seth Perlman / Associated Press)
FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2010 file photo, patrons enjoy a meal at a Burger King in Springfield, Ill. The movement by U.S. food corporations toward more humane treatment of animals experienced a whopper of a shift Wednesday, April 25, 2012, when Burger King announced that all of its eggs and pork will come from cage-free chickens and pigs by 2017. The decision by the world's second-biggest fast-food restaurant raises the bar for other companies seeking to appeal to the rising consumer demand for more humanely produced fare. (Seth Perlman / Associated Press)

NEW YORK—At least 400 fast-food workers here walked off their jobs on Thursday as part of a citywide protest to demand better pay.

Employees from popular chain restaurants including McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s participated in what was a rolling protest throughout the day to call attention to the plight of low-paid fast-food workers.

The walkout was organized by Fast Food Forward, a coalition backed by labor, religious and community groups. It was timed to coincide with the anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who was shot and killed in Memphis where he had been supporting a strike by low-paid sanitation workers. Full story.

The story goes on to say the striking workers are demanding to be paid $15 an hour. Have you ever worked in fast food? How much were you paid?




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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.