GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Add Greensboro, Raleigh, Durham and Charlotte to the list of cities expected to participate in a nation-wide strike among fast-food workers Thursday.
The nation-wide strike is aiming to increase hourly wages for employees who work at fast-food restaurants. Organizers for the North Carolina strikes say the median fast-food wage is $8.56, but they are pushing for at least $15 an hour and the right to form a union without interference or unfair labor practices.
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Workers from Taco Bell, McDonald's, Bojangles, Cookout, KFC and Burger King restaurants in Greensboro are expected to walk-out on their jobs in the morning and throughout the day, according to a community organizer with NC Raise Up. They will join other community organizations in the parking lot at 2606 Battleground Avenue, beside Taco Bell, at 11:30 a.m.
The spokesperson said the group will leave around 1 p.m. to join a demonstration in Raleigh at 3:30 p.m. Demonstrators will march from Martin Street Baptist Church., where Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II is scheduled to speak.
NC Raise Up is working exclusively with front-line workers at fast-food restaurants because they said they have more legal protection than managers do in terms of going on strike.
Event organizers estimate there are more than 124,600 fast-food workers in North Carolina and believe 30-40 restaurants in the state will participate. They said similar strikes will take place in 50 cities across the country.