About 30 fast food workers protested outside a McDonald's restaurant Thursday morning on Kennedy Boulevard in Tampa, demanding higher wages and union benefits.
The protest was part of a nationwide effort by fast food workers who want their minimum pay raised to $15 per hour. The workers are also pressing for the right to form a union.
"I'm just here to raise my voice," said Bleu Rainer, 25, an Arby's employee who showed up before 7 a.m. to join the gang outside McDonald's. "Standing together makes the loudest noise."
As morning commuters sped past, the group lined the sidewalk, hoisting an effigy of Ronald McDonald and flashing signs that read, "Do it for the People" and "We are Worth More."