Retailers and fast-food chains are bracing for strikes in 50 cities today. Workers say they can't afford to live on what they are getting paid and they want the right to form unions.
Fast food workers currently make around $9 an hour, or just over $18,500 a year, which is below the national poverty level of $23,000 for a family of four. They want $15 dollars an hour, double the federal minimum wage of $7.25, CNN's Christine Romans reports.
The restaurants, in turn, feel their wages are fair.
The National Restaurant Association tells CNN: "These jobs teach valuable skills and a strong work ethic that are useful for workers throughout their professional careers."
In addition, retail workers are also joining the food fight. Some employees from Macy's, Dollar Tree, and Sears are also expected to walk off the job today.
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