Workers protested fast-food restaurants across the U.S. Thursday in the latest effort to push for higher wages.
The campaign was partly organized through Twitter using the hashtags #StrikeFastFood and #fightfor15, a reference to the protesters' demands for a $15 hourly wage. The average hourly wage for a fast-food cook, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, is just over $9.
Thursday's protests were supposed to ramp up from previous protests by involving both strikes and civil disobedience by participants.
Congressional Democrats, who are expected to push for a measure to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 when Congress returns next week, expressed support for the striking workers.
Among other lawmakers, Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., said that he stood with the protesters, and said that "raising the minimum wage is a win-win-win situation" for workers, businesses and the economy.
He added: "If I were busting my butt in the service industry and wanted an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work, I’d join a union."