Fast food workers stage walkouts, demand more pay

Strikes spread to several cities

DETROIT - Workers at fast food restaurants in several cities walked off the job this week as part of an effort to push for higher wages.

The walkouts were staged in Detroit, St. Louis, Chicago and New York City.

Detroit pastor Charles Williams II said workers want $15 and hour, better working conditions and the right to unionize.

The one-day protest that started Friday morning at a McDonald's in Detroit is one of about 50 that organizers said they planned around that city.

The D15 campaign said many workers make $7.40 an hour or just above it.

A message seeking comment from a representative of the restaurant was left Friday morning by The Associated Press.

The Detroit strike came after Workers at more than 30 fast food restaurants in St. Louis walked off the job Thursday in a similar one-day strike. 

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