McDonald's workers and labor groups will be protesting for better wages. They want McDonald's to pay its workers $15 per hour and give them the right to unionize.

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Protests against McDonald's are planned Tuesday for 30 cities across the nation, including areas in Northern California. News10/KXTV

Protests against McDonald's are planned Tuesday for 30 cities across the nation, including areas in Northern California.

Labor groups have been pushing McDonald's to pay their workers $15 per hour and give them the right to unionize. There have also been lawsuits filed in three states where organizers claim McDonald's has been stealing worker wages.

A spokesperson for McDonald's said the fast-food chain plans to investigate those allegations, but they have not yet responded to the planned protests.

The protests by labor groups started in 2012 and have captured a lot of media attention, where protestors formed picket lines outside of McDonald's and even marched inside many of the restaurants to let the workers know that they are looking out for them.

The White House is pushing to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, or about $21,000 a year for full-time work. That's up from the current pay of $7.25 an hour, or $15,000 a year, which was last raised in 2009.

The lawsuits were filed in California, Michigan, and New York. In Michigan, workers claim they were forced to wait before clocking in for their shifts so that McDonald's could better control labor costs.

Protest organizers are getting a lot of support from the Service Employees International Union, as well as Democratic lawmakers and community leaders.

McDonald's protests are expected in Oakland. No protests have yet been announced for Sacramento.

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