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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - There is a nationwide push to raise the pay of fast food workers to $15 an hour and because of this hundreds of workers are expected to walk off the job today. 

Around 150 cities are participating in the walk-out, including some workers here in Tucson.  The protest and walk-outs are expected to start in Tucson around 7 a.m. at a fast food restaurant on the east-side.  

The battle between the workers and the fast food companies has been going on for nearly two years.  The workers that are going on strike are calling for a raise to $15 an hour and the right to form a union.  This is the first time that Tucson fast food workers will go on strike.  

The group is expected to have more than 70 people protesting at an east-side fast food restaurant; they will be leaving major fast food places including McDonalds, Burger King and Jack in the Box.  

Research shows that the average pay for a fast food worker is just over $9 an hour; that is about $18,000 a year, which is below the poverty level.  

U.S. Census data shows that the face behind the counter is changing in the fast food industry.  They say 70 percent of the work force is made up of people over the age of 20.  This campaign started back in November of 2012 with 200 fast food workers walking off their jobs in New York City. 

Several local fast food workers will walk off the job today at 7 a.m. to protest for higher pay and the right to start a union. 

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