Published: Sep 04, 2014 10:37 AM EDT

MIAMI, Fla.- Some 50 people gathered before dawn in South Florida to protest fast food wages and working conditions.
The group is joining a nationwide day of action targeting the fast food industry. Among those gathered Thursday outside restaurants in Miami Gardens were 15 local fast food workers who had signed petitions to go on strike.
Activists say another 200 plan to gather outside fast food restaurants in North Miami Beach around noon.
Workers want $15 an hour and the right to form a union. Many big chains maintain these issues should be raised with the restaurant franchisees not the corporations themselves. President Barack Obama issued support for the workers in a Labor Day speech Monday.
The campaign began in New York City two years ago and has spread across the country.

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