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Fast food workers, nannies, caregivers and scores of low-wage workers and their supporters marched through downtown Miami Wednesday as part of a national union-led movement for better wages.

The rally, one of hundreds organized in cities around the U.S., drew hundreds to Greater Bethel AME in Overtown, a community simmering with frustration over poverty, crime and gentrification. The large black, Hatian, white and Hispanic crowd boomed out “Yes we can” and “Si se puede” as pastors and activists called for a $15-an-hour minimum wage and ripped politicians, developers and corporations. Read more.

 

Shouting slogans like “Stand Up, Fight Back,” hundreds throughout the Tampa area, representing low-wage employees from fast food workers to adjunct professors, took to the streets Wednesday calling for a $15-an-hour minimum wage, regular work hours and respect.

About 600 people converged on Tampa’s Copeland Park later in the day to march in protest. More than 100 people attended each of two rallies earlier Wednesday — at the St. Petersburg City Hall and in front of the Wal-Mart at Fletcher Avenue and Livingston Street — to chant in favor of a living wage and enough hours to qualify them as fulltime employees. Read more.

Today marks the culmination of the multifaceted movement pushing for an increase in the minimum wage to $15. Member of the group Fight 4-15 and members of unions and other allied groups are demonstrating and marching throughout the Tampa Bay area, beginning before dawn at various fast food restaurants and ending later today with a march near USF. Read more.

The “Fight for 15″ movement for fast-food and retailer workers advocating for higher wages and better treatment has been ongoing for over two years now, and on this Tax Day culminated in a protests in over 200 cities across the country, including events at City Hall in St. Petersburg and later in the day in Tampa’s Copeland Park. Read more.

Like a Big Mac slathered with too much special sauce, McDonald's is a hot mess these days.

On Wednesday, the financially struggling restaurant chain — in the midst of testing menu reinvention to boost plunging revenue — announced it would raise wages and offer new benefits for 90,000 employees in its 1,500 or so company-owned stores across the United States.

That follows the recent pattern of such powerful national retailers as Walmart and Target that have tried to quell shaky relations with staff — and even shakier press — by improving pay and workplace conditions.

In July, McDonald's will pay U.S. workers at company-owned stores at least a dollar more than the local minimum wage. The average will be $9.90 an hour. Read more.

McDonald's workers protested Thursday in Miramar and across the country, chanting, ""Hold your burgers, hold your fries, make our wages supersize." The demonstrations came in response to McDonald's announcement a day earlier that it will boost pay and benefits at company-owned stores in the U.S. Read more.

TAMPA — All he wanted Tuesday morning was a bagel and an hour to relax between his classes and shifts at two minimum-wage jobs, but University of South Florida student Casey Hamilton left campus with a new mission.

He and dozens of students outside USF’s Marshall Student Center on the Tampa campus listened to members from Florida’s Fight for $15 movement and the Service Employees International Union recruit people for their cause: unfair pay and treatment of minimum-wage workers. Read more.

ATLANTA — On a recent Friday, Kwanza Brooks, a $7.25-an-hour McDonald’s worker, climbed into a 14-person van to take a four-hour ride from Charlotte, N.C., to Atlanta.

As she and other workers headed south, Ms. Brooks, a short, fiery woman, swapped stories with her companions about unsafe conditions and unfair managers. Upon arriving, they joined more than 400 other people — including home care aides, Walmart workers, child care workers and adjunct professors — at the Ebenezer Baptist Church, where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had been a pastor. Play Video: http://nyti.ms/19skgDd

The gathering on March 21 was in part a strategy session to plan for the fast-food movement’s next big wave of protests, which is now scheduled for April 15. But the meeting was also seeking to be something far more ambitious. Through some strategic alchemy, the organizers hoped the gathering would turn the fast-food workers’ fight for a $15 hourly wage into a broad national movement of all low-wage workers that combined the spirit of Depression-era labor organizing with the uplifting power of Dr. King’s civil rights campaign. Read more.

 

Workers at a McDonald’s in Tampa are expected to join employees across the nation today in a protest of the restaurant’s health and safety standards.

The workers plan to march at 3:15 p.m. from Taco Bell, 2921 E. Busch Blvd., to McDonald’s, 3411 E. Busch Blvd. The employees are demanding that McDonald’s takes responsibility for health and safety standards in the restaurants, according to a release from the group.

About a hundred demonstrators gathered Saturday in Miami to commemorate the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” the day Alabama police confronted, beat and gassed voting-rights activists marching from Selma to Montgomery — and a seminal event that led to passage of the federal Voting Rights Act in August 1965.

The crowd was filled with representatives from various organizations, including local chapters of the NAACP and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference as well as the Dream Defenders of South Florida, the Florida New Majority and various local labor unions. 

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