Fast-food workers in NYC stage strikes, rallies

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Associated Press

Posted on July 29, 2013 at 6:02 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 29 at 11:02 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Fast-food workers across New York City are striking for better pay and the right to unionize.

Walkouts and demonstrations were held Monday at restaurants including McDonald's, Burger King and Wendy's.

Activists say hundreds of workers have walked off their jobs. They are demanding a minimum wage increase and calling for better benefits.

At a McDonald's across from Yankee Stadium, several dozen people chanted "We can't survive on $7.25."

The national Fast Food Forward campaign is organizing the demonstrations. Strikes are planned in other cities this week.

A spokesman for an industry trade group that McDonald's referred comment to says doubling the minimum wage would affect job creation.

Spokesmen for Burger King and Wendy's both say they respect the rights of their workers.

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