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Fast-food workers take stage over wages

Protests’ impact in multiple cities is uncertain

Terrance Wise has two jobs in Kansas City — one at a burger joint, a second at a pizza restaurant — but he says his paychecks aren’t enough to buy shoes for his three daughters and insure his 15-year-old car. So he decided to draw attention to his plight: He walked off work in protest.

Wise was among a few thousand fast-food workers in seven cities, including New York, Chicago, and Detroit, who took to the streets last week, carrying ‘‘Strike’’ and ‘‘Supersize Our Wages’’ signs in front of McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King, and other restaurants. They demanded better pay, the right to unionize, and a more than doubling of the federal minimum hourly wage from $7.25 to $15.

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