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Via MSNBC, 10 minutes ago:

The strike in New York City, which kicked off at 6:30 a.m., was Sabrina Storey’s first. A part-time KFC employee, she decided to join the movement in part because she said she doesn’t get paid enough to move out of her current residence, a homeless shelter.

“Right now, $15 would do me a whole lot better than $8, living-wise,” she said. “I wouldn’t have to worry about food or going to the city to get them to help me. I would just be able to do the necessary things I need to do for me as a woman and not have to depend on someone else.”

Yum! Brands, parent company of KFC, was not immediately available for comment.

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As with every successive strike, this one was the largest yet, encompassing workers and fast food restaurants in 150 American cities.

But that’s not the only thing that made this strike different. Thursday was also the day that the movement became truly international, as workers in 33 different countries rallied in support of the American strikers.

The American fast food workers are demanding a $15 industry-wide wage floor and the right to form a union. Walkouts took place in every region of the country, including the South, where labor organizing is notoriously difficult. Major cities such as Philadelphia and Miami had their first-ever fast food strikes, as workers across six continents rallied in support. The solidarity protests occurred in countries as diverse as Germany, India, New Zealand, Malawi and Brazil.

Here is some video from around the world (and a poll at the end too):

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Originally posted to Seattle & Puget Sound Kos on Thu May 15, 2014 at 11:29 AM PDT.

Also republished by Hellraisers Journal, Protest Music, and In Support of Labor and Unions.

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Do you support a $15 minimum wage for fast food workers in America?

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