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Fast-food workers strike for higher wages in 7 U.S. cities

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Hundreds of fast food employees are showing up to work--just to walk out. The strike for pay raises is happening in seven cities across the country, aimed at restaurants like McDonalds, Domino's, Wendy's and Burger King.

"People are really struggling. In this time and day, it takes two jobs, especially if you got kids," said Cynthia McCullough.

They want benefits, to be able to unionize and they want to be paid $15 an hour.

Charleen Cook said, "When you're working in the fast food industry or even waitressing. You're doing the job of 13 people."

"I know that you have bills that need to get paid and a lot of times minimum wage just doesn't do it," said Brittany Grigg.

Melissa Francis with the FOX Business Network, said, "Part time job at McDonald's is not meant to be a livable wage. Most the people that have this job, more than half of them are 16 to 24-years old. More than half of them do something else with the rest of their time, like go to school."

Washington is paying attention to the protests, but not everyone is optimistic change will happen.

Francis added, "Yes, those folks are right. You cannot support a family with a job at McDonalds, but that's not what a first-time, part-time job is supposed to be about."

Grigg said, "Sometimes that's the only job out there and if that's not cutting it then what do you do?"

Fast food usually doesn't cost you much money, but, would you be willing to pay more for this so employees can get a raise?"

"It's the workers that need that money, not management, so yea, if they increase prices, as long as it goes to the right people, yea," said Charleen.

Another Austinite said, "I just think that maybe they should deserve just a little bit more, 'cause it is kind of cheap, fast food."

"It depends how much more," said Grigg.

Some financial analysts say for restaurants to make the pay raise a reality, they'd have to raise prices, cut into margins or fire workers.

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