Police Handcuffed Dozens Of Fast Food Workers Demanding Higher Wages In New York And Detroit
Updated: Fast food workers in Boston's protest were also arrested. Thursday's protests planned in 150 cities across the U.S. are part of the "Fight for $15" campaign.
Police in Detroit and New York handcuffed dozens of protestors demanding higher wages for fast food workers on Thursday.
At least three protestors wearing McDonald's uniforms in New York were arrested as they stood in the middle of street on Times Square, the Associated Press reported.
Detroit police said they arrested protestors for preventing traffic from passing through.
Thursday's protests, planned across 150 cities in the U.S., are part of the "Fight for $15" campaign which demands fast food workers be paid a minimum of $15 per hour.
The workers are also demanding the right to form a union without retaliation.
Large groups of protestors chanted and held signs in English and Spanish as they blocked streets in front of fast food restaurants.
The protests, planned by labor organizers, first began in 2012 and take on different forms every few months.
Organizers said Thursday's protests were planned as a non-violent civil disobedience movement.
Hundreds of people are expected to participate in the nationwide protests.
Fast food workers are among the lowest-paid employees in the U.S., according to this report by FiveThirtyEight.
They make anywhere between $15,000 to $19,000 a year for 40 hours a week. Most of them earn little over the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.
President Obama brought attention to the campaign in a speech on Labor Day.