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Fast Food Workers "Fight for 15"

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    NBC10's Rosemary Connors is outside McDonald's in North Philadelphia, where people plan to protest later on Tuesday for higher pay. (Published Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014)

    You might not be able to get that hamburger later today as fast food workers at some area restaurants plan to walk off the job to protest what they call “wage theft” on behalf of their employer.

    Fast-food protests are planned for several U.S. cities Tuesday as labor organizers look to bring attention to practices they say illegally deprive McDonald’s workers of their wages.

    The protests are planned for about 30 cities including Philadelphia and Wilmington, Del. It's part of an ongoing push by labor groups to build support for pay of $15 an hour and the right to unionize.

    Activists plan to take part in the “Fight for 15” movement by protesting the golden arches at 3:30 p.m. outside the McDonald’s at Broad and Girard in North Philly.

    It's not clear what the scope of the turnout will be around the country or even in Philly and Wilmington.

    Organizers have also been referring workers to attorneys, who filed lawsuits in three states (California, Michigan and New York) last week saying McDonald's was stealing their wages.

    McDonald's Corp. said it planned to investigate the allegations and take necessary actions.  A representative for the company, based in Oak Brook, Ill., did not immediately provide comment on the planned protests.