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New York City fast food workers join nationwide strike for higher wages

Protesters complain that the industry makes record profits, while its employees rely on public assistance.

NEW YORK - Hundreds of the city's fast food workers walked off their jobs as part of a seven-city strike demanding higher wages.

Employees from New York, Chicago, St. Louis, Detroit, Milwaukee, Kansas City and Flint, Mich. banded together for the right to form a union without retaliation, and to get major food giants to pay a livable wage.

Workers say they want fast food chains to increase pay to $15 an hour, which is more than double the current minimum wage of $7.25. They complain that the industry makes record profits, while its employees are forced to rely on public assistance.

The McDonald's on East 161st Street, near Yankee Stadium, was among the restaurants with workers participating in the nationwide strike. Rep. Jose Serrano was among state and local politicians at the restaurant protest and presented the manager with a letter asking that the striking employees not be punished.

Organizers say that Bronx fast food workers are only striking for one day, but protests will carry on throughout the week across the country.

A spokesperson for McDonald's told News 12 to call the National Restaurant Association for comment on this report. That organization has not yet responded.

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