Fast-Food Workers Strike Against Fast-Car Dealers

The fast-food workers at a fast-casuals franchise in Florida are planning a second strike Monday in protest of a contract offer made by McDonald’s and the fast-growing franchise’s owners.

The workers at the Burger King franchise in Ocala have not had a contract since October and their main demand is a 1 percent wage increase.

The franchisee is seeking $15 an hour for its workers and the franchise’s owner, Scott McDonald, says he will not bargain with the workers.

The fast-paced fast- food industry in Florida has exploded since 2010 with McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC and Wendy’s leading the way.

The fast food sector is now worth about $3.5 billion in Florida, more than twice the $1.4 billion the state’s economy generated in 2010.

The average fast- casual wage is $14.50 an hour in Orlando.

The workers are expected to take part in a second walkout Monday to protest the franchisee’s offer.