Fast-food strikes set for cities nationwide - WNEM TV 5

Fast-food strikes hit cities nationwide, here at home

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This photo was taken at a fast food restaurant location in Flint. This photo was taken at a fast food restaurant location in Flint.
Another view of the protest. Another view of the protest.

Fast-food workers in Michigan are taking part in walkouts as part of a push to get chains such as McDonald's, Taco Bell and Wendy's to pay workers higher wages.

In Detroit, a McDonald's on Detroit's northwest side was shut down Thursday morning as workers and others protested outside.

A march and rally also are planned.

Workers want $15 an hour, better working conditions and the right to unionize. The restaurant industry says higher wages would hurt job creation.

Similar protests are planned in several Michigan communities. They're part of a planned day of walkouts in cities around the country. The photos to the right show strikers at a Flint McDonald's fast food restaurant. In Lansing, workers picketed outside a Pizza Hut.

These aren't the first such strikes in Michigan. Workers at fast food restaurants walked off their jobs in May and July as part of the effort.

Copyright 2013 WNEM (Meredith Corporation).  All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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