By Gregory B. Hladky
5:26 PM EST, December 2, 2013
A national fast-food workers strike will hit both New Haven and Hartford Thursday, according to organizers for the effort to boost America's minimum wage to $15 per hour.
A spokeswoman for Connecticut's Working Families Party, which is helping with the wage actions, says workers at Dunkin Donuts, Subway, McDonald's, Wendy's and other fast food outlets in those two cities will be on the picket lines.
Rallies are scheduled for 6 a.m. in Hartford at 53 Albany Avenue and for noon at St. Luke's Episcopal Church at 111 Whalley Avenue.
Organizers say job actions are being planned in 100 U.S. cities for Thursday, the biggest coordinated strike action so far in the months' long campaign to bring the wages of fast food employees above the poverty level.
Spokesmen for the fast food industry insist a $15 per hour minimum wage would damage many franchises, arguing those types of restaurants are operating on tiny profit margins.