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Mid-South fast food workers join global wage protest

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Workers in Memphis and Oakland will be among thousands across the nation demanding an increase in pay to $15 an hour. Workers in Memphis and Oakland will be among thousands across the nation demanding an increase in pay to $15 an hour.
The protest called "Fight for 15" is being held on six continents in 33 countries. The protest called "Fight for 15" is being held on six continents in 33 countries.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC) – There is a major push for higher pay among fast food workers and those in the Mid-South are joining Thursday's worldwide strike.

Workers in Memphis and Oakland will be among thousands across the nation demanding an increase in pay to $15 an hour, which is why they chose Thursday, May 15 for the strike.

The protest called "Fight for 15" is being held on six continents in 33 countries. Workers are calling for the higher wages and the right to form a union without retaliation. They are expected to strike at major fast food restaurants, including McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's, and KFC.

When you look at the salaries, the average pay for a fast food worker is about $9 an hour.

Workers like Laquita Jackson of Memphis say she doesn't event make that amount, which is why she's joining Thursday's strike.

Jackson said, "I've been working for the company since 2004 of June, and I don't make anything but $8.10 an hour, and I shouldn't have to be a manager to be recognized ... We've all come together as one because it's for the better of the people. They need to put the people first, cause we're the ones doing all the hard work."

Supporters of the workers are also expected to be on the picket line, including the Mid-South Center for Peace and Justice and the Bus Riders Union.

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