After the state of New York approved a $15 an hour minimum wage for fast food workers, activists in Florida hope to achieve the same goal.
Nearly 50 people rallied outside Orlando City Hall on Thursday to encourage state lawmakers to increase wages and provide better health care options.
“The overall goal is to bring humanity back to a living wage,” protester Robin Harris said, “if it’s possible in New York, California, it should be possible here.”
Employees representing a variety of companies showed their support including Democrat Carlos Guillermo Smith, who is running for the Florida Legislature.
“Tallahassee politicians are bought and sold by these big fast food corporations that don’t want to pay their workers fair wages,” Smith said to a crowd, “If we raise Florida to a living wage of $15 per hour, it will put more money in the pockets of our working Floridians.”
SEIU Florida also held rallies in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and St. Petersburg.
The movement has pushed Florida House Representative Dwight Dudley and State Senator Dwight Bullard to live on the federal minimum wage of $7.25 for five days beginning on Labor Day.