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Some Richmond fast food workers plan to strike

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Fast food workers in Richmond could go on strike on Thursday.  It's part of a national movement organized by the National Fast Food Workers Campaign.  Organizers hope 100 cities will participate.

They're urging workers in Richmond to walk out and demand Virginia double its minimum wage.

Strike organizers say this McDonald's on Hull Street will be the main spot for protestors but they say there could be workers across Richmond walking out on their shifts.

The protests were seen in major cities like New York, Los Angeles and Atlanta.

Now, a strike is scheduled for fast food workers in Richmond.  The demand: raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.  According to the Department of Labor, the minimum wage is $7.25.

"I don't think a CEO should make millions while his own employees are only making $7 or $8 an hour," says Pastor Rodney Hunter with the Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church and will be speaking at the main protest on Hull Street.  "The cost of living continues to rise and income levels stay the same, it just can't go on that way."

Organizers say this strike is a first for the River City and will include major fast food chains including Burger King, Wendy's, KFC and McDonalds.

Mauricio Acuna agrees with the protestors demands.  He worked two fast food jobs just to make ends meet.

"If you have two you can probably survive, and then even then it's still tough," he said.

Henry Lee just retired from working at Martin's grocery store.  He says it took him more than 20 years to make $15 an hour.  But, he says starting at that rate may be too high.

"I would say somewhere between $9 and $10," he said.  "You got to work your way up.  Young people don't seem to understand that."

Local groups like the VCU Living Wage Campaign are also playing a part in this protest.

Organizers say they won't know how many people participated in the strike until the end of the day.  It starts at 11:45 a.m. at 822 Hull Street Road.

Another protest is scheduled to take place at Monroe Park at 11:30 a.m.  The strike will last one day.

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