Fast food workers plan protests for higher pay

Workers protest outside a fast food restaurant in Hartford (file).

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Fast food workers in Connecticut are joining national protests calling for higher pay.

Organizers say workers will walk off their jobs Thursday demanding pay of $15 an hour. Protests are expected in 150 cities in the United States and 33 other countries.

Connecticut workers are expected to protest at Burger King in Bloomfield, Wendy’s in Hamden and Dunkin’ Donuts in Hartford.

Unions and their allies are highlighting wage and income issues. Connecticut raised the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2017, though a similar move in Washington has stalled.

Protests calling for higher pay began in New York in late 2012.

The federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour was last raised in 2009. That translates to about $15,000 a year for employees who work 40 hours a week.

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