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Detroit fast-food employees will take a stand against low wages by going on strike Thursday beginning at 5:30 a.m. and continuing into the late afternoon.

Low-wage fast-food and retail workers from eight cities around the country are calling for a national day of strikes on Aug. 29.Some have already held one-day walkouts in cities like New York, St. Louis and Detroit, and those workers said they’ve received pledges from dozens of cities across the nation.

The workers, who are backed by local community groups and national unions, are fighting for the wage of $15 an hour and the right to form a union.

The median pay for fast-food workers across the country is currently right around $9 an hour — that’s approximately $18,500 in a year.

According to the Census Bureau, the poverty income threshold level for a family of four is $23,000.


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