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City Fast Food Workers Join National Strike

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Fast food workers served up Thursday what they called another strike as they seek higher wages and the right to unionize.

About 100 protesters rallied at a McDonald's in Washington Heights.

They want their current salary of $7.25 an hour hiked up to $15 an hour.

"We can no longer allow millionaires and billionaires to pay workers poverty wages," said Public Advocate-elect Letitia James.

"Right now, I'm not getting enough money to support my family," said Byron Solorzano, a fast food worker. "They pay me $5.65 an hour. I work for Domino's Pizza. The company makes a lot of money, but we don't see that money. I make $5.65 plus tips, but tips, sometimes you don't get tips."

Similar job actions were planned in dozens of cities across the U.S.

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio released a statement, saying, in part, "I stand fully behind the fast food workers in our city and across the nation who are on strike today in their effort to organize for a livable wage and fair benefits."

McDonald's says that it is committed to its employees success and blames outside groups for the recent actions.

The company released a statement, saying, in part, "To right-size the headlines, however, the events taking place are not strikes. Outside groups are traveling to McDonald's and other outlets to stage rallies."

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