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Strikes planned at Michigan fast-food restaurants

DETROIT (AP) -- Workers are expected to walk off their jobs Thursday at fast-food restaurants across Michigan as part of a national protest in 100 cities against low wages.

Two strikes are scheduled to start at 6 a.m. at restaurants in southeast Michigan.

The protests are part of a push by labor unions, Democrats and other worker advocacy groups to raise wages in low-wage sectors to $15 an hour. They also want the right to form a union without retaliation.

Protests in August were held in about 60 cities, including Detroit. Some targeted restaurants were temporarily unable to do business because they had too few employees, and others seemingly operated normally.

The restaurant industry has said sharply higher wages would lead to steeper prices for customers and fewer opportunities for job seekers.