Fast-food wage protests will take place Thursday in KC and nationwide

A second round of public rallies will be held Thursday in Kansas City to call for higher pay for fast-food workers.

The events include rallies at 6:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. at 3800 Troost Ave., at St. Mark Hope and Peace Lutheran Church, and at 3:30 p.m. at Truman Road and Chestnut, in Grove Park.

The afternoon rally will have speeches by area ministers, community leaders and low-wage workers. It will be followed by a march.

Similar events were held July 29 and 30 in Kansas City as part of a seven-city national focus by labor organizers and advocacy groups to raise the wages and collective bargaining power of fast-food and retail employees at some of the nation’s largest chains.

More than 20 cities around the country are expected to stage rallies Thursday, organizers said.

In Kansas City, the campaign is titled StandUpKC and can be followed on Facebook, Twitter and other media.