Local fast food workers protest as part of international strike - FOX 13 News

Local fast food workers protest as part of international strike

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Fast food workers across the country are calling for a walkout strike in support of higher wages and the right to organize a union.

There are several strikes planned around the country. One will begin early Thursday morning at the 1500 block of West Kennedy Boulevard in Tampa.

FOX 13 has been told several workers from over a dozen fast food shops in Tampa will be walking off the job.

May 15 is part of a strike fighting for higher wages and the right to form a union without retaliation.

Organizers say this strike is likely to be the largest yet for the movement seeking a living wage in the historically low wage fast food industry. Backers have also sought to make their push against income inequality global.

Events outside the U.S. - from Argentina to Hong Kong - have goals related to wage or worker-rights issues in those places.

It begins with a campaign in New York City in November of 2012, during which 200 fast-food workers walked off their jobs demanding a $15-an-hour minimum wage. Since then, movement has spread to more than 150 cities in every region of the country, and now around the world.

Some labor experts take a middle ground between "pro" and "con," supporting a jump to $9 or $10 per hour, but arguing that bumping the minimum all the way to $15 would impose too big a jolt on employers in a job market where the current national minimum is just $7.25 per hour.

Advocates for a higher minimum wage say the boost will help address the persistent challenge of weak job and income growth for middle and working-class families.

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