In Orlando, a group gathered on International Drive, urging an increase in the local minimum wage to $15 an hour. Currently, the minimum wage in Florida is $7.93 an hour, but many say, it’s hardly enough to make ends meet.
Fast food workers from restaurants like McDonald’s, Burger King and Domino’s, also want the right to form a union.
Metro-Orlando ranks dead last as the lowest paying job market in the U.S.
A recent study conducted by the University of California, Berkeley, found low benefits in the fast-food industry, part-time work hours and other low-wage industries cost taxpayers $243 billion each year on public benefits programs, to working families who live in poverty or near poverty.
On Labor Day, President Obama renewed his call to raise the federal hourly minimum wage to $10.10 from $7.25.
Thursday’s strike is the seventh organized by the Fast Food Forward campaign since November 2012, when the protests began.