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UPDATE: Fast food employees walk off the job to demand higher pay

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Fast food workers in Madison joined their counterparts across the country by walking off their jobs Thursday, demanding the minimum wage be raised to $15 an hour.

Protestors in Madison demonstrated along East Washington Ave., walking past Taco Bell, McDonald's and Burger King.

Currently, the median pay for fast food workers across the country is just over $9/hour, or $18,500 a year.

Some businesses say a wage increase could make it tougher to create new jobs.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- One year after the state's first strike for a $15/hr wage and a stronger union, fast food and retail workers will walk off their job Thursday.

Some employees in Madison will join the 150-city nationwide strike.  Strikers in Madison are among the movement of low-wage workers asking for higher wages.

On Thursday, leaders, workers, and supporters will walk at 7 a.m. at Taco Bell, 3002 E. Washington Avenue to support the striking workers.  After a rally, State Representative Melissa Sargent will march to McDonald's down the street.

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