Pittsburgh fast food workers join global protest calling for higher wages

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PITTSBURGH —

Fast food workers in Pittsburgh have joined national and international protests calling for higher pay.

Organizers say workers walked off their jobs Thursday demanding pay of $15 an hour. Protests were expected in 150 cities in the United States and 33 other countries.

Chopper 11 flew over the site of a North Side McDonald's Thursday morning, showing at least a dozen workers picketing.

“I have only been working there a few months, but I’ve been in fast food since I was 14,” said protester Lolene Germany.

The federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour was last raised in 2009. That translates to about $15,000 a year for employees who work 40 hours a week.

A protester told Channel 11 she works at KFC in Wilkinsburg and lost custody of her son because she can’t make ends meet on her current wage.

“I'm supporting myself, my child and my family.  We’re all struggling,” she said.