South Florida Fast Food Workers Participating in Protest Over Pay Raises

South Florida fast food workers are expected to take part in a nationwide protest Thursday to call for higher wages.

By Bobby Brooks
|  Thursday, Dec 5, 2013  |  Updated 8:40 AM EDT
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South Florida fast food workers are expected to take part in a protest Thursday over pay raises.

South Florida fast food workers are expected to take part in a protest Thursday over pay raises.

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South Florida fast food workers are expected to take part in a nationwide protest Thursday to call for higher wages.

Protesters will gather at different restaurants in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach as they seek to have their wages raised to $15 an hour.

Right now, employees of fast food restaurants claim they’re living at or just above the poverty line, with the average pay for a fast food worker at $8.94.

Some argue that the low pay forces these workers to take government assistance, meaning tax dollars, and claim it’s slowing down the economy.

Some workers even claim they can’t afford to pay for clothes for their kids working these jobs.

The protest, the third in the nation since last spring, is set to take place at noon. According to organizers, the demonstration will include rap battles against the fast food industry.

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