published Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Fast food workers rally for raises, union rights in Atlanta

Carmen Burley-Rawls, 20, center, protests outside a Krystal restaurant demanding higher wages and worker's unions on Thursday, May 15, 2014, in Atlanta.
Carmen Burley-Rawls, 20, center, protests outside a Krystal restaurant demanding higher wages and worker's unions on Thursday, May 15, 2014, in Atlanta.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

ATLANTA — Fast food workers took to the streets of Atlanta to rally for higher wages and the right to unionize.

The rallies on Thursday were part of a series of demonstrations in more than 150 cities in the U.S. and abroad. Workers are rallying to increase wages to $15 an hour and to form a labor union without interference from employers.

Officials from Moral Monday Georgia, Atlanta Jobs With Justice and other groups have voiced support for the employees, and say they're also calling on industry leaders to pay fair wages and respect workers' rights.

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