Organizers plan fast-food protests for overseas

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

NEW YORK (AP) — Labor organizers say they're planning another day of fast-food protests, with coordinated actions expected in more than 30 countries.

Union representatives from countries including Argentina, Hong Kong and Italy gathered in New York this week to share tips and strategize for the demonstrations slated for May 15. Organizers plan to announce the global actions at a press conference outside a McDonald's in New York on Wednesday.

The protests calling for pay of $15 an hour in the U.S. have gained national media attention since they began in New York in late 2012. The push is getting financial and organizational support from the Service Employees International Union and has served as an important backdrop as President Obama and Democratic lawmakers seek to raise the federal minimum wage in an election year.