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Sanders lauds fast food workers for strikes

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is praising thousands of fast-food workers around the country who staged 1-day strikes this past week to protest low wages.

St. Louis, Kansas City and Detroit were among the cities that saw pickets by workers at McDonald's, Taco Bell, Popeye's and Long John Silver's restaurants as part of a campaign to double their hourly wages to $15 an hour.

Sanders wants to raise the national minimum wage to $10.10 an hour from $7.25, where it's been since 2009.

He said it was a "bogus argument" to say raising the minimum wage would mean fewer jobs. He noted that Vermont has the third-highest minimum wage in the country at $8.60 an hour and only 4.4% unemployment, the fourth lowest jobless rate in the United States.

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