NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- It may be difficult to get a Big Mac or Classic Whopper next Thursday when fast-food workers across the country will go on strike.
Fast Food Forward, a group that represents U.S. fast-food workers, announced the planned strike on Wednesday outside a McDonald's (MCD) restaurant in Manhattan.
Employees will be protesting for higher pay and workers' rights.
McDonald's employees delivered a letter of their intentions to the company's executives at Wednesday's event, according to the Wall Street Journal.
"We call on you to respect the internationally recognized right to freedom of association as a human right and enter in good faith negotiations with workers' representatives to raise wages for its workers and respect workers' rights," the letter stated.
The fate of fast-food workers is causing debate among people outside the industry.
In a tweet, President Barack Obama backed the workers' push.
Hard-working Americans earning the minimum wage deserve a raise, plain and simple. Sign this petition: http://t.co/ZoyeH3wynvaAA Barack Obama (@BarackObama) May 7, 2014
Although Obama is not advocating for an increase of minimum wage to $15 an hour as the fast-food groups are, he has called on Congress to raise the national minimum wage from to $10.10 an hour from $7.25.
Earlier this year, he signed an executive order to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 for individuals working on new federal service contracts.