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Here's What You Need To Know About Today's Nationwide Strikes

Thousands of fast-food, home-care, and Verizon workers have walked off the job.

Posted on April 14, 2016, at 12:43 p.m. ET

Thursday, thousands of fast food workers are striking nationwide for better pay and a union as part of the Fight for 15.

Lucy Nicholson / Reuters

The workers are striking in more than 300 cities across the country.

WATCH: It's so lit this morning in our strike lines that we're doing backflips #FightFor15 🔥🔥🔥🔥✊🏽✊🏽✊🏽

Members of Black Lives Matter are marching in solidarity.

Marching band with @fightfor15 plays in solidarity with #AkaiGurley! #FightFor15 #BlackWorkMatters

Via Twitter: @MillionsMarch

The April 14 strikes are dedicated to Jeffrey Pendleton, a Burger King worker who died in police custody last month after he couldn’t afford a $100 bail.

https://t.co/8Jx8QUUGma #fightfor15 activist & leader @SEIU509 #sayhisname #JeffreyPendleton died in jail.Why?

The action is the first major strike since historic wins for $15/hour minimum wages in in New York and California.

Lucy Nicholson / Reuters

Home-care workers are also on strike.

$7.25 has got to go! Child care, home care & striking fast food workers outside McDonalds in Durham, NC! #FightFor15

As well as nursing home workers and adjunct professors.

Nursing home workers rally here at Loyola in solidarity with adjuncts and fast-food workers. #NursingHomes15

They join more than 36,000 Verizon workers, who began striking yesterday.

Spencer Platt / Getty Images

Democratic candidate for president Bernie Sanders expressed support for the strikers in a statement, in advance of tonight's debate in Brooklyn.

I applaud the workers who are today demanding $15 an hour and a union. #FightFor15

Workers have been striking since 6 a.m.

#RVA is fired up this morning for $15 #FightFor15

Via Twitter: @RaiseUpfor15

Overseas, a fight for 1500 yen has also taken off in Japan.

4.16のエキタスのデモは、4.14に世界300以上の都市で行われる.@fightfor15 のアクションに連帯します。Let's stand up together📢🏃🏃🏃✊💴✊💵 https://t.co/XMo58PXlRa

And they're protesting in Brazil, where McDonald's is now under criminal investigation.

Miguel Schincariol / AFP / Getty Images

You can read more about the history of the Fight for 15 movement, led largely by young women of color, here: Who Fights For 15?

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