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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.

Last updated on September 4, 2014, at 11:13 a.m. ET

Posted on September 4, 2014, at 11:13 a.m. ET

Update — Police in Boston arrested eight fast food workers and one organizer for blocking traffic at an intersection sometime after noon.

Police arrest Boston fast food workers conducting sit-in (pic via @massuniting) http://t.co/a741M2MOgq

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Police arrest Boston fast food workers conducting sit-in (pic via @massuniting) http://t.co/a741M2MOgq

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Police in Detroit and New York handcuffed dozens of protestors demanding higher wages for fast food workers on Thursday.

A protester demanding higher wages and unionization for fast food workers is arrested by police near Times Square on Sept. 4.
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A protester demanding higher wages and unionization for fast food workers is arrested by police near Times Square on Sept. 4.

Local media in Detroit reported that at least 25 to 40 people were arrested as a large group of protestors blocked an avenue outside a McDonald's restaurant.

#BREAKING: 72 @detroitpolice officers are here now. Close to 40 arrests made. Live report at 7:30am

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#BREAKING: 72 @detroitpolice officers are here now. Close to 40 arrests made. Live report at 7:30am

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Protesters block traffic on Mack Avenue in Detroit.
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Protesters block traffic on Mack Avenue in Detroit.

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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.

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More arrests outside of Mc Donald's 56th street. Follows 19 in AM. Calls for $15 an hour min wage.

Stephen Nessen@s_nessen

More arrests outside of Mc Donald's 56th street. Follows 19 in AM. Calls for $15 an hour min wage.

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Detroit police said they arrested protestors for preventing traffic from passing through.

Police warned protestors blocking Mack Avenue to either move or face arrest, CBS Detroit reported.
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Police warned protestors blocking Mack Avenue to either move or face arrest, CBS Detroit reported.

Two strikers arrested for blocking traffic. #strikefastfood

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Two strikers arrested for blocking traffic. #strikefastfood

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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.

Protestors demonstrate outside a Burger King in Atlanta.
AP Photo/David Goldman

Protestors demonstrate outside a Burger King in Atlanta.

Protesters march on a McDonalds restaurant in Detroit.
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Protesters march on a McDonalds restaurant in Detroit.

The workers are also demanding the right to form a union without retaliation.

Carmen Burley-Rawls, left, demonstrates outside a Burger King restaurant in Atlanta.
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Carmen Burley-Rawls, left, demonstrates outside a Burger King restaurant in Atlanta.

Boston fast food workers sit in the intersection of Mill and Washington Sts #SrikeFastFood

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Boston fast food workers sit in the intersection of Mill and Washington Sts #SrikeFastFood

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Large groups of protestors chanted and held signs in English and Spanish as they blocked streets in front of fast food restaurants.

Protesters block traffic near Times Square.
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Protesters block traffic near Times Square.

The protests, planned by labor organizers, first began in 2012 and take on different forms every few months.

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Protesters march near Times Square.
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Protesters march near Times Square.

Organizers said Thursday's protests were planned as a non-violent civil disobedience movement.

The idea of civil disobedience as a way to bring attention to their cause emerged when 1,300 workers held a convention in Chicago in July.
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The idea of civil disobedience as a way to bring attention to their cause emerged when 1,300 workers held a convention in Chicago in July.

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Hundreds of people are expected to participate in the nationwide protests.

Protesters march near Times Square in New York City.
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Protesters march near Times Square in New York City.

Fast food workers are among the lowest-paid employees in the U.S., according to this report by FiveThirtyEight.

Protesters march on a McDonald's restaurant in Detroit.
AP Photo/Paul Sancya

Protesters march on a McDonald's restaurant in Detroit.

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.

Protestors demonstrate outside a Burger King in Atlanta.
AP Photo/David Goldman

Protestors demonstrate outside a Burger King in Atlanta.

President Obama brought attention to the campaign in a speech on Labor Day.

Obama said fast food workers were organizing the national movement to raise their wages "so they can provide for their families with pride and dignity." "If I were busting my butt in the service industry and wanted an honest day's pay for an honest day's work, I'd join a union," he said.
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Obama said fast food workers were organizing the national movement to raise their wages "so they can provide for their families with pride and dignity." "If I were busting my butt in the service industry and wanted an honest day's pay for an honest day's work, I'd join a union," he said.

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