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      Columbia fast food workers walk off job

      Fast food workers in Columbia are walking off their jobs at this hour as part of the largest ever strike to hit the $200 billion industry.

      Inspired by strikes earlier this summer in 7 cities across the country, Columbia workers are walking off their jobs for the first time.

      Dozens of fast food workers gathered at Columbiaâ??s Hardees Restaurant on Providence Road this morning calling for a wage of $15 an hour.

      The protestors also want the right to form a union without retaliation or unfair labor practices.

      Local clergy, elected officials, and community supporters joined fast food workers on the strike lines as the nationwide fight for higher wages hit Columbia.

      Hardeeâ??s worker Dehon Duff said, â??My hope is exactly what we are going for, $15 an hour, full time schedules, benefits and the right to have a union without intimidation, without intimidation.â??

      Columbia has 2,300 fast food workers.

      Their median wage is $8.53 an hour.

      According to an MIT study, an adult with one child needs to make $16.47 an hour working full time in the Columbia area just to afford the basics of living.