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Local, national fast food workers strike, ask for raise

ATLANTA -- Employees across the country are demanding better pay, including workers at fast food restaurants. 

They've planned a nationwide strike, and rounded up as many as 35 cities. One if those cities, is Atlanta.   

11Alive's Jaye Watson went to the McDonald's on Moreland Avenue, where employees began to early Thursday morning. 

The Moreland Avenue McDonald's is open 24 hours per day, and employees were expected to walk off at 6:00 a.m. The strike is just in time for Labor Day weekend. 

The strikes in Atlanta were expected to stagger throughout Thursday at select fast food eateries. Among those are Church's Chicken, Burger King, Popeye's, Chick-fil-A, Arby's and Taco Mac. 

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If it goes as planned, the strike will be part of the largest strike to ever to hit the $2 billion food industry. It's part of a national effort to raise pay for fast food employees to $15 per hour. 

President Obama talked about the wage issue yesterday at the March on Washington 50th Anniversary, where the focus of his speech was economic equality. 

"And with that courage we can stand together, for good jobs and just wages," Obama said. 

There are almost 75,000 fast food worker in Atlanta. They earn on average $8.59 per hour, coming out to $10,700 annually. Research shows that an adult with one child needs to make $19 per hour just to afford basic necessities.