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The group is working to convince elected officials to set the minimum wage at $15 per hour.

TAMPA – Fast food workers all across the country are uniting with their coworkers in order to make improvements for themselves and their families.

Now a local group has joined the fight. Organizers of the Fight for 15 in Florida they believe that low-wage fast food workers are short-changed every day that goes by that they’re not making a living wage from fast-food companies that are profiting billions per year.

They say that, “no matter what you’re doing, if you’re working hard and still can’t afford to live then there’s a major problem going on. The fast-food industry caters to the growing tourist economies in Florida, and these workers are the life-blood of these stores. It’s time past-due that we treat them with respect and give them the opportunity to make a living wage and the right to form a union without retaliation.”

History matters. It’s effect on people throughout the generations matters. Pervasive poverty within communities of non-European descent particularly African, Latin and Ingenious have been held back by a long line of racist policies and practices, the group says.  Setting the minimum wage at $15 an hour is one way organizers say they have been looking to gain economic justice, but it’s not enough alone.

The group has scheduled a meeting from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight (Sept. 11) for what organizers describe as “an important conversation on the racial wealth gap.” The meeting, which is open to the public, is at IBEW, 6603 E Chelsea St. in Tampa. For information about the meeting, go to facebook.com.

Come learn from Liberation in a Generation, a national non-profit focusing on the racial wealth gap. They will go through a presentation on the subject, it’s causes and potential solutions, and after the presentation answer any questions the audience may have on the subject.

After their presentation, the audience will hear from a panel of workers who have been fighting for higher wages to combat systemic poverty and racist policies on how people can work together to pass good policy and support good representatives who can finally turn this history around.

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