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Fast food workers set to strike in hopes of doubling wages

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Several fast-food workers in Atlanta will try to force a huge increase in Georgia's minimum wage Thursday, and they're taking to the streets in hopes of bringing attention to the issue.

Many fast-food workers throughout the city earn $7.25 an hour, and they say that's not enough for them to make ends meet. They're hoping what they call the biggest day of strikes in the nation's history will force legislators to more than double the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Strikes are expected to take place in 300 U.S. cities Thursday. There will also be support actions in 40 countries spanning six continents, according to organizers. Nursing home workers and adjunct professors will also be joining the fight. Actions are also expected to be taken by airport workers in Boston, Massachusetts. Nearly 40,000 Verizon Wireless technicians are also planning a walk-out.

This comes on the heels of recent wage hikes in California, New York and Pennsylvania, where lawmakers recently passed legislation to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next few years.

The 'Fight for $15' movement is getting support from some politicians. Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton appeared at rally in New York City last week, and Bernie Sanders has praised workers who are fighting for wage increases.

So will these protests get the attention of Georgia legislators? During Georgia's recent legislative session, Gov. Nathan Deal said the issue of raising the minimum wage is not one of his top priorities.

Protests began at 6 a.m.

Here are more workers striking at Times Square in New York City:

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