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Seila Cardoso swapped her red uniform for a red and white protest sign and joined the picket line outside her employer, the KFC outlet in Dorchester, risking her job to be part of a nationwide movement to raise the pay of fast food workers.
“We’re all looking for a better life,” Cardoso said. “I don’t see a better life here. I’m trying to save for college, but at $8 an hour, what am I going to do with that?”
Thousands of fast food workers such as Cardoso were joined by sympathizers at rallies in some 50 cities across the nation Thursday, the biggest coordinated effort to bring the wages of behind-the-counter employees up to $15 an hour.