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Eidelson: Fast-Food Workers Walk Out in Chicago

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In his latest piece at Salon, Josh Eidelson talks about a planned walkout by fast-food workers in Chicago. 

The walkout began, the Chicago Tribune reports, at 5:30 a.m. local time with workers from some McDonald's and Dunkin' Donuts stores walking off the job. The ultimate goal of the walkout is to support the Fight for $15 campaign, whose goal is to secure a wage of $15 per hour for workers. Also expected to join the walkout were workers from Subway, Macy's, Sears and Victoria's Secret.

The Fight for $15 said in a release:

Fight for $15 seeks to put money back in the pockets of the 275,000 men and women who work hard in the city's fast food and retail outlets, but still can't afford basic necessities. If workers were paid more, they'd spend more, helping to get Chicago's economy moving again.

Eidelson reports 500 workers were expected to join the walkout. This walkout is part of a growing momentum by low-wage workers who are fighting back against mistreatment by their employers and follows walkouts by McDonald's, Wendy's and other fast-food workers in New York and Walmart workers nationwide.

Follow updates from Chicago on Twitter from the Fight for $15

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