Low-wage workers from increasingly varied workplaces are staging strikes and protests in 35 states and 190 cities on Thursday, demanding higher minimum wages.

The preholiday protests and one-day strikes are backed by unions and mark the two-year anniversary of the “Fight for $15” campaign that began when fast-food workers in New York walked off their jobs at dozens of restaurants including McDonald’s and Burger King outlets.

There is also a tie-in with protests over recent grand jury decisions not to indict white police officers involved in the deaths of African-American men in both Ferguson, Mo., and New York City.

Wage protest leaders in St. Louis said they’ll be joined on Thursday by people who have been protesting in Ferguson about the shooting death there, including some who are returning a favor after fast-food workers joined them in peaceful protests.

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