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DETROIT (AP) - Workers walked off their jobs at a fast-food restaurant in Detroit as part of a national protest against low wages.
Dozens of sign-carrying McDonald's employees and others marched in front of the restaurant during the pre-dawn rally Thursday.
Some of their chants included: "Raise the minimum wage" and "Hey, hey, ho, ho, $7.40 has got to go."
McDonald's maintenance worker Julius Waters was among those protesting. The 29-year-old from Detroit says his $7.40-an-hour wage pays for his transportation to and from work but not much else.
Waters says $15-an-hour would go a long way toward helping him and his 6-year-old son improve their standard of living.
The restaurant industry has said sharply higher wages would lead to steeper prices for customers and fewer opportunities for job seekers.