NEW YORK (AP) Fast food workers in about 100 cities will walk off the job this Thursday, organizers say, which would mark the largest effort yet in a push for higher pay.
Protesters are calling for pay of $15 an hour, although many see the figure as a rallying point rather than a near term possibility.
Fast food workers have also been seen as difficult to organize, given the industry's high turnover rates. But the Service Employees International Union, which represents more than 2 million workers in health care, janitorial and other industries, has been providing organizational and financial support to the push for higher pay over the past year.
The National Restaurant Association, an industry lobbying group, called the demonstrations a "campaign engineered by national labor groups," and said the vast majority of participants were union protesters rather than workers.
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Still, organizers face an uphill battle in changing an industry that competes aggressively on low prices, a practice that has intensified as companies including McDonald's Corp., Burger King Worldwide Inc. and Yum Brands Inc. face growing competition and slow growth in the weak economy.
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Supporters of wage hikes have been successful at the state and local level. Last month, voters in New Jersey approved a minimum wage hike from $7.25 to $8.25 an hour.
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The December 5 national day of action will demonstrate widespread community support for striking workers and call on corporations to do right by workers, franchise owners, and taxpayers.
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The rally in Boise will be one of 200 actions taking place in cities across the country in support of the fast food worker movement that started last November with 200 workers striking in New York City.
Kendall Fells, a New York City based organizer for Fast Food Forward, said demonstrations are also planned for 100 cities, in addition to the 100 cities where workers will strike. He said plans started coming together shortly after the one day actions in about 60 cities this summer.
"They understand they're not going to win from a one day strike," Fells said of workers.
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[Boise, ID] " As thousands of fast food workers went go on strike across the nation, Boise will be holding an action like those being held across the country in 100 other cities to support the growing movement for a $15 per hour wage for fast food jobs and the right to form a union without retaliation. Idahoans will gather on December 5th at McDonalds located at 1375 Broadway Ave Boise, ID 83706 at 12pm to demonstrate the high cost of low wages in Idaho. The action in Boise is being led by United Vision for Idaho. When workers earn a livable wage our whole economy thrives! It is right and it is time!
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It's not clear how large the turnout will be at any given location, or whether the walkouts will be enough to disrupt operations. Similar actions this summer had varying results, with some restaurants unable to serve customers and others seemingly unaffected.
In the meantime, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D Nev., has promised a vote on the wage hike by the end of the year. But the measure is not expected to gain traction in the House, where Republican leaders oppose it.
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The protests are part of a growing push by labor unions, Democrats and other worker advocacy groups to raise wages in low wage sectors. Last month, President Barack Obama said he would back a Senate measure to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10. That's more than a dollar higher than the $9 an hour rate he previously proposed.
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