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Richmond joins national fast food worker protest

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Fast-food workers in Richmond, and across the nation, plan to walk off the job Thursday and demand higher wages.

Fast-food workers across the country are demanding a raise in the minimum wage. The minimum wage right now is $7.25. Protesters want it raised to $15 an hour.

According to a recent study, an adult in Richmond with one child needs to make $20.23 an hour working full-time just to afford the basics.

The first fast-food strike happened one year ago, with 200 workers striking in New York. Now 100 cities are taking part.

In addition to a wage increase, the workers also want the right to form a union.

The strike will happen at major fast food chains such as McDonald's, Wendy's, Burger King, and KFC.

The strike in Richmond starts at 11:45 a.m. Thursday at the McDonald's at 822 Hull Street.

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