On Tuesday, some fast-food workers in Boston participated in a one-day strike for higher wages, healthcare, and the right to unionize.

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Should Fast Food Workers Get Paid More?

August 27, 2013

Fast food workers in Boston staged a strike Thursday in solidarity with a national movement protesting low wages and lack of health benefits. 

Workers from Burger King, Dunkin' Donuts and McDonald's no-showed employers and instead picketed their restaurants. On Thursday, Boston fast food workers will stage another walkout as part of a nationwide protest to push chains to raise wages for employees. Senator Ed Markey said he is planning to attend an afternoon rally on Boston Common in support of workers. 

Margery Eagan and Kara Miller — filling in for Jim Braude — asked listeners whether fast-food workers are well-compensated, or if they deserve more benefits and higher pay. Have a comment? Tweet us, or leave a message on our Facebook page.

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Material from the Associated Press was used in this post. 

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