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Demonstrators March on Fast Food Restaurants to Protest Low Wages

Thousands of workers from different traditionally low-wage positions marched in front of fast food restaurants and on several college campuses in cities around the country today. The campaign’s organizers say that protests took place in 226 cities, as crowds waved signs promoting “Fight for $15″—a movement that seeks to secure a $15-an-hour minimum wage. According to USA Today, the campaign’s organizers chose Tax Day “to focus public attention on the strain that low wages place on public budgets and taxpayers when working families are forced to rely on public assistance.” In a statement, McDonalds said they “respect people’s right to peacefully protest,” but pointed to recently announced plans to institute “a wage increase and paid time off for employees at its company-owned restaurants and expanded educational opportunities for eligible employees at all restaurants” …

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