Fast-food customers in search of burgers and fries might run into striking workers instead. Thousands of workers staged walkouts in cities including New York, Chicago and Detroit on Thursday to push McDonald's and other chains to pay higher wages.
Whether the actions will have any impact on business isn't clear. In New York, about 300 to 400 protesters marched and flooded inside a McDonald's near the Empire State Building. Shortly after the demonstration, the restaurant seemed to be operating normally and a few customers said they hadn't heard of the movement. The same was true at a McDonald's a few blocks away.
Participating workers are asking for $15 an hour, which would be about $31,000 a year for full-time employees. That's more than double the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour or $15,000 a year. The federal minimum wage was last raised in 2009.