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Protesters in Boston striking for higher wages

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BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) -- Large demonstrations are taking place across the country Tuesday as workers' rights organizations call for the minimum wage to increase to $15 an hour. 

Walkouts from fast food restaurants are planned for a record 270 cities in what is expected to be the largest-ever strike for fast food industry workers.

The first demonstration started around  6 a.m. outside of a McDonalds on Gallivan Boulevard in Dorchester. Others are planned for Downtown Crossing at noon and Faneuil Hall at 3:30 p.m. Protesters will end up at the State House around 4:30 p.m.

The fight for $15 an hour is raging all across the country. Massachusetts has led the way over the past year and a half in passing legislation for workers' rights, including an increase in the minimum wage to $9 that went into effect this past January.

Organizers chose Tuesday because it is exactly one year before the 2016 presidential election.