United States workers demand higher minimum wage

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29 October 2016


Dozens of people were arrested Monday 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 on Tuesday morning. In many cities the protesters blocked busy intersections.

In Chicago, hundreds of protesters at O’Hare International Airport were outside terminals chanting “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 planned to strike. More protests were expected nationwide later in the day. Thousands plan to walk off the job at McDonald’s restaurants. The efforts are part of the National Day of Action to Fight for $15.

About 25 of the 350 protesters in New York City were arrested. One protester, Flavia Cabral, 55, struggles to make ends meet with two part-time jobs.

“All these people don’t have savings because we’re working check to check,” Cabral said. “We have to decide what we are going to get: We’re going to pay rent or we’re going to put food on the table or we’re going to send my child to school.”

Detroit police say they arrested about 40 protesters who blocked traffic. And nearly three dozen protesters have been arrested in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In the San Francisco Bay Area, ride-hailing drivers, fast-food employees, airport workers and others shut down an Oakland intersection.

… A large group of protesters made up of fast food, home care and child care workers and organizers marched down International Boulevard to the intersection of 98th Avenue and International Boulevard in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. The protest is part of a national day of action to bring the minimum wage up to $15 per hour and is the first of two happening in the Bay Area on Tuesday. The second protest will be held at the San Francisco International Airport involving airport workers, Uber and Lyft drivers and others. The minimum wage will rise to $15 in New York City by the end of 2018 and in some prosperous suburbs by the end of 2021. It will rise to $12.50 in the rest of the state by 2020, eventually reaching $15.

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