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In pictures: U.S. fast-food workers stage job action for higher pay

Employees at thousands of fast-food outlets are staging walkouts to press their demands for better wages and the right to unionize without retaliation

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Demonstrators gather for a protest outside a Burger King restaurant in Boston, Massachusetts May 15, 2014. U.S. fast food workers seeking higher wages plan strikes and demonstrations on Thursday that could affect thousands of restaurants across the country the workers say make huge profits from paying them workers a pittance.


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Diners prepare their morning coffee as demonstrators enter a Burger King restaurant to deliver a strike notice and invite workers to join them, in Boston, Massachusetts May 15, 2014.


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A Mariachi band takes part in a protest in front of a McDonald's restaurant in Chicago, May 15, 2014.


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Long John Silver employee Antwon Brown, 31, joins fellow fast food workers and supporters in a protest outside a Krispy Kreme store, Thursday, May 15, 2014, in Atlanta. Calling for $15 and the right to form a union without retaliation, fast-food workers in Atlanta protested Thursday as part of a wave of strikes and protests in 150 cities across the US and 33 additional countries on six continents.

David Goldman/AP

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A Wendy's restaurant worker looks out at a fair-wage demonstration as it passes by in New York, May 15, 2014.


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Demonstrators gather outside a McDonald's restaurant in New York, May 15, 2014.


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