Tens of thousands of fast food workers around the country are participating a national strike today to demand a $15 minimum wage in 270 cities. Currently, the minimum wage in Florida is $8.05 and $5.03 for tipped employees.
More than twenty strikes are scheduled in Florida alone, including one at 6 a.m. this morning in a McDonalds near the Miami Dade College Wolfson campus, where hundreds of people were scheduled to arrive. At 6 p.m. tonight, another rally will take place at the Government center; fast food and health-care workers will march the streets together back to the McDonalds.
Other fast food workers around the country, from restaurants including KFC, Burger King and Wendy's, will walk out of their shifts to join the protest. Organizers and strikers hope to gain the support of the 2016 elections candidates and call national action to their union rights.