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Fast-food workers walk off job at Detroit location

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DETROIT (AP) -

Workers walked off their jobs at a fast-food restaurant in Detroit as part of a national protest against low wages.

Dozens of sign-carrying McDonald's employees and others marched in front of the restaurant during the pre-dawn rally Thursday.

Some of their chants included: "Raise the minimum wage" and "Hey, hey, ho, ho, $7.40 has got to go."

McDonald's maintenance worker Julius Waters was among those protesting. The 29-year-old from Detroit says his $7.40-an-hour wage pays for his transportation to and from work but not much else.

Waters says $15-an-hour would go a long way toward helping him and his 6-year-old son improve their standard of living.

The restaurant industry has said sharply higher wages would lead to steeper prices for customers and fewer opportunities for job seekers.

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

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