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Fast-food workers plan strike, protest before Miami Republican presidential debate


To push for a higher minimum wage, a group of Miami fast-food workers plans to walk off the job Thursday and protest outside the Republican presidential debate in Coral Gables.

The workers are part of the Fight for $15 campaign, which among other things advocates for a minimum hourly wage of $15. Fifty-two percent of Florida workers make less than that, which is the highest percentage of any state in the country, according to the campaign. Many of them are Hispanics.

One of the workers who will strike is Westley Williams, a 40-year-old who works at McDonald's and makes $9.25 an hour.

"We're changing the politics of the country because we are a powerful voting bloc that cannot be ignored," he said in a campaign statement. "Candidates for president, if you stand for $15 and union rights, the nearly four million of us in Florida will stand with you. Come get our vote."