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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Local fast food workers are on strike.

They walked off the job in Charlotte and in restaurants across the country, demanding pay be raised to $15 an hour. Workers say they also want the right to unionize.

The Charlotte protest kicked off at the Taco Bell on South Boulevard Thursday morning.

Right now, the current median pay for fast food workers is just over $9 an hour. That s nearly $5,000 below the poverty line.

I mean, look. These workers live in complete poverty. They work for the richest corporations in the country. This is a $200 billion industry. These workers overwhelmingly make $7.25, which leaves them deeply, deeply seeded in poverty, Kendell Fells, organizer and director of Fast Food Forward.

Organizers say it is expected to be the largest nationwide strike by fast food workers.

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