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Detroit fast food workers join strike wave

“Want to know what all the fuss is? “We are standing up for justice!”

At a busy intersection dotted with fast food brands, 80 fast food workers and supporters chanted outside a Detroit Popeye’s this morning, one of several restaurants the group of enthusiastic young workers will hit as they strike today.

Some brought solemn toddlers. Some wore uniform caps from Mickey D’s. “No chicken, no fries, we want wages supersize!” they yelled.

“We work too hard to be paid minimum wage,” said Popeye’s worker Wontika Reed, 23. Like all the other fast-food workers on the line, she makes $7.40 to cook, clean, and cashier. She estimated that 13 Popeye’s workers were on strike and admitted to being a leader.

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