Protestors were arrested as they blocked streets in major cities across America in an effort to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour.
ABC News gives an over view of the events.
Dozens of people were arrested Tuesday as they participated in protests nationwide for a $15 per hour minimum wage.
Fast-food restaurant workers and home and child-care workers rallied in cities including Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis and New York. In many cities the protesters blocked busy intersections.
In Chicago, hundreds of protesters at O’Hare International Airport chanted outside terminals: “What do we want? $15! When do we want it? Now!” Police gated an area to allow travelers room to walk. As many as 500 workers at the airport participated in an unfair labor practices strike, according to officials from Service Employees International Union Local 1 who have been organizing the workers.
Fast food workers aren’t the only ones complaining about their wages.
“We’re not asking for special treatment, we’re asking for decent treatment. We’re asking for decent wages,” said Kisha Rivera, an airplane cabin cleaner at O’Hare. “We’re demanding respect.”
NPR is also reporting that UBER drivers have jumped on the band wagon.
For years, several groups have held protests in support of a $15 minimum wage. But the “Fight for $15” organizers planning Tuesday’s event say this is the first time Uber drivers are joining in the demonstrations.
Dozens of people have been arrested across the country in connection to the protests. In New York, about two dozen chanting protesters were detained after linking arms and sitting on a street in Manhattan, The Associated Press reports. About 350 people total were at that protest, according to the news service.
No one is saying that fast food workers shouldn’t have the right to protest. But blocking streets isn’t OK.
Also imagine paying $10 to $15 for a Big Mac.