Fast-food workers to strike over pay

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SAN DIEGO — About two dozen fast-food workers are expected to strike in downtown San Diego Thursday as part of a nation-wide fight to raise the minimum wage.

“I feel like I should be making more, yes,” said Diego Rios, an employee at a downtown McDonald’s.

Rios will take part in a one-day strike with other fast-food workers who demand the minimum wage be raised to $15 an hour.

“I’m just trying to be a voice.  Not just for myself, but for everyone I work with, every McDonald’s in California, anyone that’s ever done any fast-food – they deserve to be making more than what they do,” said Rios.

San Diego is among more than 30 cities that will have strikes Thursday.  In recent weeks, there have been protests from fast-food workers across the country.

“Let me tell you, those workers are going to be shaking like a leaf because they are doing something historic.  Everyone of those workers is like Rosa Parks,” said Rabbi Laurie Coskey with the Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice.

A $15 an hour wage for a full-time worker comes out to a little more than $30,000 a year.

“It’s a dog chasing its tail.  You raise what you’re paying them, you raise what people have to pay.  It just never ends,” said one fast-food customer.

The fast food industry argues that wages are fair and that many workers already make more than minimum wage.

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