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Fast-Food Workers to Protest Thursday in 150 Cities, Including Miramar and Little Havana (Video)

All over the country, fast-food workers, fueled by union organizers, have been coordinating carefully orchestrated strikes around the country.

In a David-versus-Goliath-style battle, the workers are calling on the the megacorporations they work for -- like McDonald's, Yum! Brands, and Walmart -- to up their wages to $15 an hour and allow them the chance to unionize.

Surprisingly, some monolith enterprises are OK with supporting a minimum-wage hike.

According to the Huffington Post, at a talk at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, McDonald's CEO Don Thompson said he would support President Barack Obama's proposal of upping minimum wage to $10.10. Still, that seems to not be enough for many workers, who claim that even when working a full 40-hour workweek, they can't make ends meet.

These strikes have been going on for two years, with workers vowing to continue walking off their jobs until they are placated. Now, another nationwide strike is being planned for Thursday, December 4, with two South Florida protests planned.

At 5:30 a.m., workers will gather at the north end of the parking lot at Miramar Parkway Plaza, on the corner of University Drive and Miramar Parkway. Shopping center tenants include McDonald's, Subway, and Little Caesars. The protest is scheduled to last about an hour, and the public is invited to join the workers in a show of solidarity.

At 11:30 a.m., workers will rally at Casa De Vida Benedicion, located at 2150 SW Eighth St. in Little Havana. A well-trafficked McDonald's is the church's neighbor.

Fast-food workers are also asking for the public to voice their support on social media, using hashtags #fightfor15 #strikefastfood.

Both protests are organized by SEIU Florida. According to its website, the union represents "over 55,000 active and retired healthcare professionals, public employees, and property service workers in the state of Florida". Nationwide, SEIU has more than 2.1 million members.

Here's a video we found that reports on a recent strike in New York City:

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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