ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35)
The fight for a higher minimum wage came to Orlando on Tuesday. Hundreds rallied in locations around metropolitan Orlando, calling for the minimum wage to be raised to $15 an hour, part of National Day of Action. Marches were expected to be held in more than 20 cities across the state of Florida and 500 cities across the country.
Early Tuesday, a big crowd formed outside the McDonald’s restaurant on South Semoran Boulevard and across the country for a massive strike of fast-food restaurants. Another rally was held at in Downtown Orlando at City Hall, where hundreds gathered with signs and banners.
Advocates of a higher minimum wage say hardworking Floridians need and deserve to earn at least $15 an hour and say this will help thousands of families out of poverty and restore the country's middle class. They cite statistics that in 2013, 40 percent of Central Florida jobs paid $12 or less an hour. Currently, minimum wage in Florida is $8.05 and the federal minimum wage is $7.25.
Opponents have argued higher wages reduce business profits, lead to more unemployment, and the cost of paying more money to workers could be passed to consumers.