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Protesters rallying for higher wages for fast-food workers

Posted May 15, 2014 7:26 a.m. EDT
Updated May 15, 2014 8:22 a.m. EDT

— Dozens of protesters turned out at a Burger King location in Durham early Thursday in support of higher pay for workers at fast-food restaurant chains. 

Labor organizers say protesters will rally in the United States and more than 30 other countries as part of a campaign to bring attention to the plight of low-wake workers and get the public behind the idea of a $15-an-hour wage. 

Nakiel Clemons, who was scheduled to work in the kitchen of the Durham Burger King Thursday morning, was one of the protesters holding signs and chanting, "hold your burgers, hold your fries, make those wages supersize." 

A $15 hourly wage, almost double the $8.56/hour average for North Carolina fast-food workers, would equal about $31,000 a year for full-time employees.

The campaign comes as President Barack Obama works to raise the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, which translates to about $15,000 a year for a full-time job.

Other protesters are expected to rally in Raleigh Thursday afternoon at the McDonald's and Bojangles location on Western Boulevard.