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U.S. Fast-Food Workers Go On Strike To Protest Low Pay

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CHICAGO, May 15 (Reuters) - U.S. fast-food workers went out on strike on Thursday, aiming to convince thousands of restaurants they make huge profits from paying them a pittance and that they deserve a raise.

The strike is the latest in a series of U.S. protests over the past 18 months that have targeted fast-food restaurant operators, including McDonald's Corp and Burger King Worldwide Inc.

They come at a time when U.S. Democrats have been pushing to raise the federal minimum wage ahead of this year's mid-term congressional elections, seeing income inequality as a powerful campaign issue.

Fast-food workers are seeking wages of $15 an hour and the right to unionize without retaliation, union leaders said.

About 150 people wearing red plastic rain slickers and carrying protest signs demonstrated Thursday morning at the Rock & Roll McDonald's near downtownChicago, which is known for its pop memorabilia.

"It's the only job I have," said Tammy Castellanos, 35, a single mother with five children ranging in age from 21 months to 18 years old. "I have done so much for Burger King and I don't make enough to pay the rent."