4/24/2013 11:00:00 AM

Fast Food Employees Stage Walk-Outs and Rally Downtown

A retail and fast food strike means employees from McDonald's, Subway and Dunkin’ Donuts will walk off the job today. The rolling strike began this morning in Downtown Chicago, with workers abandoning their posts at 5:30 AM. Walk-offs will continue until 3:30 PM, when a rally will be held at the St. James Cathedral, according to the Chicago Tribune. The strike is in response to a movement called The Fight for 15. Its goal is secure a $15 hourly minimum and organize a union for workers.

The current minimum wage in the state of Illinois is $8.25. "Fight for 15 seeks to put money back in the pockets of the 275,000 men and women who work hard in the city’s fast food and retail outlets, but still can’t afford basic necessities," according to the group's website. "If workers were paid more, they’d spend more, helping to get Chicago’s economy moving again."

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