Workers from companies including McDonald's, Wendy's and Taco Bell in New York, Chicago, Detroit, and other cities hope to force fast-food employers to pay them a "living wage" of $15 per hour, according to The Washington Post.
The one-day strike is backed by community groups and labor unions, including the Service Employees International Union.
One of the New York strikers, McDonald's worker Kareem Starks, told Salon he makes just $7.25 an hour.
Starks said he is struggling to pay rent and support his two children while making minimum wage.
In February, President Barack Obama called to raise the federal minimum wage to $9 per hour, but lawmakers haven't taken any recent action. The federal minimum wage was last raised in 2007 to $7.25 per hour.
McDonald's CEO Don Thompson told Bloomberg TV last week that the company is an “above minimum-wage employer.”
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