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Fast food workers plan strike, demand $15 an hour

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By: Melissa Randall

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Fast food workers here in Rhode Island will join 100 cities across the country to fight for higher minimum wages. That's double the amount that participated in the last protest back in August. The employees are demanding $15 an hour and the right to form a union.

"I'm a culinary student. I go to Johnson and Wales. I'm finishing with a 4 year degree, and I don't make $14 an hour, $15 an hour," said Chris Pignotti of Providence.

"That's insane. I've been a carpenter for 35 years. I barely make that kind of money an hour," said Kevin St. Pierre of North Providence.

Employees plan to walk off the job at the Warwick Wendy's located at 771 Warwick Ave. at noon time Wednesday. workers in the industry say they are hurting not making enough money to get by.

"I would be happy. It would be good because I think we work a lot for the pay that we get," said fast food worker Betsy Rivera who says the money would help her to make ends meet.

"They should give it to them because they deserve it," said Dwayne Mash of Providence.

The group, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, says the fast food industry is making record profits to the tune of 7 billion dollars a year.

The group organizing the strike says there are more than 11,000 fast food workers in the Providence area making an average wage of $8.80 an hour.

it's unclear what the affects of such a sharp increase would be, but experts say food costs at the franchises could increase by as much as 20%.

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