MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Hundreds of people rallied Thursday to demand higher pay.

Fast food workers in Minneapolis and St. Paul walked off the job as part of a day of strikes.

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They are demanding $15-an-hour minimum wage, the right to form a union and paid sick time.

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Demonstrators are encouraged by recent minimum wage increases in California, New York and Pennsylvania.

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After a rally in Minneapolis Thursday evening, protesters closed off Lake Street and the exit from Interstate 35W for about a half hour.