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Boston fast food workers join in global protest

Fast food workers in Boston participated in a global day of protests, demanding higher wages and the right to unionize.

Pat Greenhouse/Globe staff

Fast food workers in Boston participated in a global day of protests, demanding higher wages and the right to unionize.

Boston fast food workers joined in a global day of protests Thursday held in more than 230 cities worldwide to demand $15-an-hour wages and the right to unionize.

Workers from 18 local fast food restaurants, many of whom walked off their jobs, demonstrated at a downtown McDonald’s and two Boston Burger Kings, including one in Dorchester that was temporarily shut down, according to MassUniting, the local labor coalition that organized the walkoffs.

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At a Dunkin’ Donuts on Morrissey Boulevard, workers unfurled a banner reading “On Strike for $15 an Hour.”

Nationwide, fast food restaurants from Pittsburgh to Chicago to Sacramento had to close when workers walked out, MassUniting said, and managers were forced to serve customers at McDonald’s in St. Louis and Seattle. Members of Congress joined strike lines, along with city councilors, clergy, and community supporters.

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