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Detroit 15 protestors at Hardee's in Hazel Park, Michigan.
Bryce Huffman / Michigan Radio

A group of fast food workers in southeast Michigan don't want Andy Puzder to become Labor Secretary.

The crowd of about 50 protestors gathered outside of a Hardee's in Hazel Park today chanting and shouting for raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

The minimum wage is currently $8.90 an hour in Michigan.

Puzder is the CEO of CKE Restaurants, which owns Hardee's and Carl's Jr. He was nominated by president-elect Donald Trump to become the country's next Labor Secretary.

steve carmody / Michigan Radio

Monday, some Michigan fast food workers and others are expected to walk out of their minimum wage jobs.

Strikes are planned in Detroit and other Michigan cities, as well as around the country.

Pastor W.J. Rideout is one of the organizers of the D15 campaign pushing for raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

“You will see us all over,” says Rideout, “and it’s going to have a great big large impact. It’s going to blow the minds of people.”

Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

McDonald's is being sued for allegedly stealing the wages of fast-food workers in Michigan.

The lawsuits allege workers at 21 McDonald's restaurants in Detroit are forced to pay for their own uniforms and work off the clock.

“These unlawful practices have flourished in part because most of the workers are so financially vulnerable that they are afraid to lodge the claims on their own behalf,” says attorney Joe Sellers, who’s handling similar lawsuits in California and New York.