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Fast-food protests return amid push for wage hikes

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NEW YORK - Workers at many fast food restaurants are serving up frustration. They're upset with the current minimum wage rate. They took to the streets to make their case. It appears the protest works, because as FOX's David Lee Miller shows us, the President is responding to their concerns by promising change.

Many of the protests, starting in the pre-dawn hours, taking place at fast food restaurants across the country. They're calling for improving working conditions and wages, saying they want a $15/hour salary, up from $7.25 as it stands now. Demonstrators taking to the streets in dozens of cities. More than 100 workers picketing outside 2 Detroit McDonald's restaurants. Employees at one McDonald's in Wilmington, Delaware say their wages are simply too low to make ends meet.

Full time at the federal minimum wage means employees would make around $15,000/year. In a speech Wednesday, the President suggested that addressing income inequality would be a focus of his remaining 3 years in office. The restaurant industry says that sharply higher wages would lead to steeper prices for customers and fewer opportunities for jobs.

Many of the restaurant chains with striking workers say it's up to the local franchise to determine worker wages. Workers here in Nashville also took part in the protest. More than 2 dozen demonstrated outside a McDonald's restaurant in West End. They say it's tough to make ends meet making only $7.25/hour. Many say the job is more complex than most people think and dealing with the public is not easy.

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