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Fast-food workers go on Labor Day strike in Tampa, across the U.S.

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(UPDATED) Labor Day 2017 got off to an early start in Tampa, with more than 120 activists joined striking McDonald’s employees calling for a $15 living wage and a union for fast-food workers. The protest outside the McDonald’s near the I-4 entrance/exit in Ybor City was one of 300 scheduled around the nation for Monday.

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Farmworkers, supporters to march in Tampa; continue demands on Wendy’s, Publix

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On Wednesday afternoon, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) will make its final stop in Tampa on a 12-city “Return to Human Rights Tour.” There, the CIW will march from a Publix location to a Wendy’s franchise in Tampa, to escalate its national boycott against the hamburger chain. Both the March and Vigil for Human Rights is a CIW boycott in response to the retailer’s decision to abandon its relationship with tomato growers and shift purchases to Mexico rather than participate in…

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Jason Brodeur introduces bill to protect local franchise owners

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Legislation to protect owners of franchise establishments — like McDonalds and 7-Eleven — has been introduced in the Florida House. Sponsored by Sanford Republican Jason Brodeur, HB 1069 would prohibit a franchiser from refusing to renew a franchise unless specific criteria have been met. A group of 7-Eleven franchise owners made their case for such a bill at a Pasco County Legislative Delegation last month, calling for legislation to protect them from having their businesses ripped out from underneath them by their corporate owners.…

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McDonald’s to give away 10,000 bottles of special sauce

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To get you to come into McDonald’s and buy new versions of its Big Mac, the chain is giving away 10,000 bottles of its trademark special sauce for people to use at home. The move is to celebrate the introduction of the Mac Jr. and the Grand Mac, two different-sized variations of the classic sandwich. The giveaway is a first in the United States. McDonald’s introduced the Big Mac in 1968. In 1975, the special sauce got its own callout…

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Carol Dover: Florida’s summer job

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School’s out for the summer and for many Florida families that means trips to our pristine beaches and world-class attractions, and, for some Florida youth, it also means finding that perfect summer job. For teenagers, college students and other young people, a summer job gives them the opportunity to earn some money and learn important job skills that will make them successful now and in the future.  At the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, we are proud that many of…

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New anti-pot video claims Amendment 2 allows ‘5,000’ marijuana shops in Florida

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If Florida passes a constitutional amendment in November to legalize medical marijuana, opponents of the measure say the Sunshine State could soon be swamped with more pot shops than McDonald’s, 7-Eleven and Starbucks combined. That’s the message from a new video — titled “5,000” — produced by the Vote No on 2 campaign, which claims that if Amendment 2 passes, the door could open for as many as 5,000 marijuana dispensaries across the state. The group says the video is…

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Rotten tomatoes? Farmworkers sue Palm Beach over protest ban

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A U.S. farmworkers coalition is suing Palm Beach, alleging the wealthy town’s ordinances effectively bar the group from its constitutional right to hold a protest near the home of a billionaire fast-food executive. The Coalition of Immokalee Workers, representing about 40,000 field workers, wants a federal judge to allow a planned demonstration March 12 near the home of Wendy’s Company board chairman Nelson Peltz. At issue is the company’s refusal to pay a penny-per-pound fee for its tomatoes to supplement…

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