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Fast food workers push for higher wage

Fast food workers protest low wages inside a downtown Burger King Thursday.

Derek Kouyoumjian/Metro

A crowd of more than 100 -- many of whom work in the fast food industry --protested for a minimum wage in downtown Boston today.

The crowd, some of whom make less than $10.00 per hour, packed the Burger King across from Park Street T stop, holding signs that read "Dunkin' Runs on My Wages" and "Subway Eat Fresh, Pay Me More" encouraging the employees of the fast food chain to walk off their jobs and chanting for higher pay.

Many of the protesters lamented their low wages, saying they did not make a livable wage.

The protest, which was organized by MASSUniting, a community organizing group, then walked up to a Dunkin' Donuts across from the State House before making its way across the Common.

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Dunkin' Donuts released a statement regarding the protests that read:

"Dunkin' Donuts restaurants are independently owned and operated by individual franchisees who are solely responsible for making their own business decisions, including employment decisions such as schedules, wages and benefits they offer their employees. The majority of our franchisees pay above the minimum wage, and we believe state and local governments are the right forum to have this conversation versus a federal minimum wage discussion in Congress."

 
 
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