Protests underway in Ybor City for $15 an hour wages

Posted at 6:06 AM, Sep 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-04 06:42:51-04

Labor Day has prompted hundreds of protests across the United States of workers demanding $15 an hour wages, including here in Tampa.

Local cooks and cashiers from McDonald's, Burger King and other restaurants announced that they will walk off the job on Labor Day, joining strikes by fast-food workers in 300 cities from coast to coast.

"Tampa workers in the Fight for $15 will stress their demand not just for $15 an hour, but for union rights in order to fix the economic and political systems in the U.S. that are rigged to benefit big corporations over working people", they wrote in a press release.

The strike began at 6 a.m. on Monday at the McDonald's in Ybor City.

Workers were seen carrying signs that read, "Tampa Bay Needs Unions" and "$15 AND Union Rights."