“We know that McDonald’s is the head of the snake.”

McDonald’s workers went on strike on Thursday in 13 cities for a $15 hourly pay and union rights for all workers at the chain. They’re working with the Fight for $15 movement and speaking up about sexual harassment and safety issues at their stores, following a new round of sexual harassment charges and lawsuits against McDonald’s this week.

McDonald’s has long argued that it is not liable for pay, hiring, and other decisions at franchised stores. But striking workers are demanding the corporation do something about problems at its chains and allow them to unionize.

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