Tampa fast food workers join national protests - WFLA News Channel 8

Tampa fast food workers join national protests

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The protestors on Kennedy Boulevard The protestors on Kennedy Boulevard
The demand is $15 an hour The demand is $15 an hour
Workers are also asking for the right to unionize Workers are also asking for the right to unionize
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -

Fast food employees plan to strike in 150 cities across the country Thursday. They want $15 an hour and the right to unionize. Protesters plan to gather at the McDonald's by downtown Tampa at 1520 W Kennedy Boulevard.

One of the people demanding more is Iraqi war Veteran, Darryl Rogers. He works at Dunkin Donuts on Busch Blvd for minimum wage at $7.93 an hour.

"I fought for my country," Rogers said. "Whenever they needed me I was there and now it's kind of like a slap in the face."

The protests have been going on around the country for about two years. They've gained momentum as President Obama says he wants to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. An employee working at McDonald's during the strike told News Channel 8 he wouldn't walk off the job because, "having this job is better than not having a job at all."

8 on Your Side did some digging and other jobs in the Bay Area that make $15 an hour are a starting math teacher in Pasco County, medical assistant, correctional officer, and an Academic Advisor at Hillsborough Community College.

We contact McDonald's and representatives sent us this statement:
"At McDonald’s, we offer part-time and full-time employment, benefits and competitive pay based on the local marketplace and job level. McDonald’s and our owner-operators are committed to providing our respective employees with opportunities to succeed, and we have a long, proven history of providing advancement opportunities for those who want it. We invest in training and professional development that helps them learn practical and transferable business skills whether at McDonald’s or elsewhere. It’s important to know approximately 80 percent of our global restaurants are independently owned and operated by small business owners, who are independent employers that comply with local and federal laws."

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