Atlanta fast food workers demanding higher wages

Atlanta fast food workers demanding higher wages

August 29th, 2013 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

David Atten, right, joins others in demonstrating as he presses a sign to the window of a Church's Chicken during a one-day strike coinciding with strikes at other fast food restaurants across the country, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, in Atlanta. Workers are demanding $15 an hour and the right to form a union without interference from employers.

Photo by Associated Press/Times Free Press.

ATLANTA - A group of fast food workers in Atlanta has walked off the job to push for better wages.

Atlanta Jobs with Justice Officials say employees at several chain restaurants in the city left work today to push for unionization and hourly pay of $15.

Organizers say Atlanta is home to more than 77,000 fast food workers who earn median wages of about $8.50 to $10.70.

Organizers say the walk-out is inspired by seven similar strikes across the country that took place earlier this summer. Organizers have said local clergy, elected officials and community supporters were expected to join the strike.

Demonstrations have been planned at the Five Points MARTA station in downtown Atlanta, and at a McDonald's and Church's Chicken in southeast Atlanta.