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Fast food employees march for more money

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Tampa's fast food workers strike had all the makings of a powerful movement.

Protesters carried signs, they marched and they chanted.

But one very important piece of the puzzle was missing. The actual fast food employees.

"We've had 15 strikers sign up to go on strike today, so far we've heard alleged cases of management harassment threats to say 'we're going to fire you,'" said organizer Dustin Ponder.

But even without the workers, the protesters, many of them union employees, marched on; even into the Wendy's on Fowler Avenue.

It was part of a national effort. They're demanding higher wages of $15 an hour up from the current $7.25.

That's a push for about $31,000 per year to work the register and pump out burgers and fries.

"Fast food companies are making billions of dollars in profit so the value of these workers labor is worth something,"said Ponder. "The question is are they going to get a fair share of that."

"They could be working 10-15 years and hardly break $10 an hour," said William Kennedy.

Protesters went down the line of fast food chains, belting out their demands.

But by the end, there still wasn't a single worker walking out.

"These people are so afraid of losing their jobs they're not willing to stand up for their rights," said Sarah Capps.

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