McDonald's workers across the US are holding protests Thursday in response to the fast-food chain's decision to raise wages for only a fraction of its employees.

McDonald's announced Wednesday that it would be raising hourly pay by more than $1 for the employees who work at company-owned stores, or 10% of its total workforce.

Protesters say the pay raise is a "publicity stunt" because it doesn't apply to employees of franchised stores.

They are seeking an increase for all employees to at least $15 an hour. The average hourly wage for McDonald's workers is $9.01, according to the company.

McDonald's argues that the change still affects 90,000 workers.

Workers are protesting in two dozen cities Thursday, according to the Fight for $15 movement, a coalition of fast-food workers who have been campaigning for hourly wages of at least $15.

Protests are planned in cities including Atlanta, Boston, Denver, New York City, and Pittsburgh.

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