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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Orlando low-wage workers held a Fight for $15 demonstration today

Posted By on Wed, Apr 15, 2015 at 2:29 PM

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At 6 a.m., at the corner of Silver Star and Pine Hills roads, drivers were greeted by a giant Fight for $15 demonstration, part of a nationwide Tax Day protest in which low-wage workers are telling the world that people who work full time shouldn't be paid so little that they need to rely on public assistance to survive. The protests come two weeks after McDonald's announced that it would increase salaries for employees at corporate-run locations to $1 per hour over local minimum wages. That will bring the average hourly salary to about $9.90 per hour. 

Want to know why people who work for low-wage jobs think they should make more money? Read this blog by McDonald's cashier and single mom Adriana Alvarez, who says she's been working full-time at McDonald's for five years and still only makes $10.50 per hour – which means she's got to accept public assistance to pay the bills. 

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