Charleston fast food workers strike, demand higher wages
NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - Several Charleston fast food workers are expected to go on strike Thursday as part of a national movement to demand higher pay and the right to unionize.
"We cannot survive on $7.25 when the cost of living is going up and everything else. We just want to succeed like everyone else is, " said Lakia Williams, manager at Hardee's.
The first strike began at 6 a.m. in front of Burger King on Dorchester Road, as roughly two dozen fast food workers stood alongside the busy road with signs in hand. The workers are asking for their wages to be increased to $15 an hour, as well as the right to form a union without the fear of retaliation.
Another strike happened at 11 a.m. at 2941 Montague Avenue in North Charleston, across from the McDonald's.
The protesters were happy with the turnout and the reactions from drivers passing by.
Thursday's protest is part of a 150-city campaign, stretching across 34 countries.
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