'Fight for $15' takes to the streets of Orlando on Labor Day

By Ryan Harper, News 13
Last Updated: Monday, September 04, 2017, 10:48 AM EDT

There is a national call for union rights' on this Labor Day. 

  • 'Fight for $15' takes to the streets of Orlando on Labor Day
  • Workers gathered outside Sand Lake Road McDonald's Monday morning
  • Other protests took place in Tampa, New York, Seattle, Washington and Minneapolis

Workers in multiple cities in the U.S. took time away from their jobs Monday morning, including in Orlando, to protest workers' wages. 

Not only do workers say they want their minimum wages raised to $15 an hour but they also want union rights as well.  

A group of workers gathered outside the Sand Lake Road McDonald's Monday morning in Orlando. Protesters said that the rights are in order to fix economic and political systems in the U.S. that tend to benefit big corporations.

"It will help out a lot," said protester Jennifer Johnson of higher wages and union rights. "It will help out extremely, a lot with the health care, education. With the minimum wage going up, we'll be able to live a lot more comfortably."

Other protests took place in Tampa, New York, Seattle, Washington and Minneapolis. 

In several California cities, as well as New York, Seattle, Washington and Minneapolis, $15 per hour has become a new labor standard. 

Now the ‘Fight for $15’, as protesters are calling this movement, has found its way to Orlando. Local cooks and cashiers have gathered from McDonald’s, Burger King and other fast food restaurants to express their unhappiness with the current economic climate.

Not only are fast food workers involved in this movement but hospital workers including nurses assistants and transporters have joined the movement.

Supporters said they are optimistic the added backing with help them gain momentum.