|Protesters organized by the Space Coast Progressive Alliance rallied outside the Brevard County government center in Viera, Florida.Credit: Phillip Stasik.|
VIERA, Florida - Protesters organized by the Space Coast Progressive Alliance rallied outside the Brevard County government center in Viera, Florida on Tuesday, joining a nationwide protest to demand a $15 minimum wage and union rights.
"Fast food workers are coming together all over the country to fight for $15 an hour and the right to form a union without retaliation," the the national campaign website, fightfor15.org, states. "We work for corporations that are making tremendous profits, but do not pay employees enough to support our families and to cover basic needs like food, health care, rent and transportation. Too many of us are forced to rely on public assistance to scrape by."
"These are billion-dollar companies that can afford to pay their employees better. Low-wage jobs are the fastest growing jobs in the nation, and they need to pay more so that workers like us can make ends meet, and rebuild the middle class and get the economy working again.'
According to Florida Department of Economic data, Brevard County's median hourly wage has remained just under $16 per hour from 2011-2014, while the average hourly wage hovers just about $21 per hour.