(Bloomberg) — Fast food workers are holding rallies in 230 cities Wednesday in their biggest protest yet for higher pay and union rights.

The events were organized by the union-backed Fight for $15 campaign, which is demanding that McDonald's Corp. and other fast-food chains raise their minimum wages to $15 and let workers unionize. The protests are the largest action to date for a movement begun in November 2012, organizers said.

About 1,000 workers protested outside a McDonald's in Brooklyn, New York, while others rallied Wednesday morning in cities such as Chicago, Miami and Washington, according to organizers. Fast-food employees also went on strike in New Zealand and protested in Finland and Japan, organizers said.

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