A woman carries a sign past a McDonald's on East 125th Street and Lexington Avenue in Harlem during a protest by fast-food workers and supporters for higher wages April 4, 2013, in New York. / STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images
NEW YORK (AP) -- Fast-food workers across New York City are striking for better pay and the right to unionize.
Walkouts and demonstrations were held Monday at restaurants including McDonald's, Burger King and Wendy's.
Activists say hundreds of workers have walked off their jobs. They are demanding a minimum wage increase and calling for better benefits.
At a McDonald's across from Yankee Stadium, several dozen people chanted "We can't survive on $7.25."
The national Fast Food Forward campaign is organizing the demonstrations. Strikes are planned in other cities this week.
A spokesman says Wendy's is proud to provide a place where people with different backgrounds and education can work.
McDonald's directed requests to the National Restaurant Association, who did not immediately respond to messages. Neither did Burger King.