PHOTOS: Fast Food Strikes Go National As Workers Walk Out In 58 Cities

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Fast food worker strikes have bubbled up in several cities over the past nine months as workers began demanding livable wages and the right to organize unions. Thursday those walkouts escalated, with strikes hitting fast food restaurants and other low-wage service industry employers in 58 cities from coast to coast and on either side of the Mason-Dixon line. The effort brings a higher profile to the campaign to end poverty wages — the federal minimum wage currently has less actual buying power than it did 30 years ago, thanks to inflation — but it also endangers workers who might face retribution.

Here are 10 inspiring photos from the day of fast food strikes around the country:

Picketers and their supporters at a New York City restaurant. (via @greenhousenyt)

Picketers and their supporters at a New York City restaurant. (via @greenhousenyt)

Workers shut down a fast food store in St. Louis. (via @greenhousenyt)

Workers shut down a fast food store in St. Louis. (via @greenhousenyt)

St. Louis fast food worker Rasheen Aldridge leads strikers in chants while management looks on. (via @MOJwJ)

St. Louis fast food worker Rasheen Aldridge leads strikes in chants while management looks on. (via @MOJwJ)

An empty Burger King in Los Angeles. (via @829StrikeLA)

An empty Burger King in Los Angeles. (via @829StrikeLA)

Strikers starting the day in New Orleans. (via @829StrikeNOLA)

Strikers starting the day in New Orleans. (via @829StrikeNOLA)

Chicago workers released balloons at the start of their strike. (via @fightfor15)

Chicago workers released balloons at the start of their strike. (via @fightfor15)

Possibly the day's youngest protester, in Madison, Wisconsin. (via @WiscJobsNow)

Possibly the day’s youngest protester, in Madison, Wisconsin. (via @WiscJobsNow)

The crowd outside one St. Louis strike site. (via @alidreith)

The crowd outside one St. Louis strike site. (via @alidreith)

Strikers prepared to march out of Manhattan's Zucotti Park. (via @DepDirNYCC)

Strikers prepared to march out of Manhattan’s Zucotti Park. (via @DepDirNYCC)

Activists in Seattle raised a flag on Wednesday announcing the strikes. (via @workingwa)

Activists in Seattle raised a flag on Wednesday announcing the strikes. (via @workingwa)

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