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Fast-food workers striking for higher wages

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If you crave fast food and go search for burgers and fries Thursday, you may run into striking workers instead.

Organizers say thousands of fast-food workers are set to walk off the job in dozens of cities across the country, including Raleigh, Greensboro, Durham and Charlotte where workers began organizing around 6 a.m.

It's part of a push to get chains such as McDonald's, Taco Bell and Wendy's to pay workers higher wages.

They're demanding the right to unionize and raise the minimum wage.  Right now in North Carolina, they're making $8.56 an hour, but workers want to be paid $15 an hour.

That hourly wage, almost double the current wage for fast-food workers, would equal about $31,000 a year for full-time employees. It's more than double the federal minimum wage, which many fast-food workers make, of $7.25 an hour, or $15,000 a year.

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