Fast food workers strike for $15 minimum wage

Cooks and cashiers from McDonald’s, Burger King and other eateries walked off the job to call for a $15 an hour minimum wage.

The protesters are also pushing for union rights for fast food workers and for a paid medical leave bill currently before Massachusetts lawmakers.

The Labor Day protest began at the Tremont Street McDonald’s at 6 a.m. Monday and will be followed by a rally.

If lawmakers fail to act on the bills, the protesters are also backing two proposed vote questions which would create the minimum wage from $11 an hour to $15 an hour and insure workers have access to paid family and medical leave from their employers.

“It’s very important because of the fact I’m doing it for them, ” Barbara Fisher told of her two children. “They know I’m out here trying to make a better living wage for them and also a better future for them. That’s why today is very important.”

The protest is part of a nationwide demonstration.

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