Nationwide Protest Rocks U.S Over Minimum Wage Demand

By Ikenga Chronicles November 30, 2016

Nationwide Protest Rocks U.S Over Minimum Wage Demand

Workers in the United States on Tuesday took to the streets as part of a nationwide protest to demand minimum wage of $15 an hour. The protesters include workers from fast-food chains, airports and other service industries.

Reports from the city of Los Angeles, California revealed that striking McDonald’s restaurant employees were arrested after walking off the job to demand a $15 per hour wage and union rights

In New York, a group of 500 that included airport and taxi workers joined a union-backed “Fight for 15” march before a McDonald’s restaurant near Wall Street.

Demonstrators came out in full force and barricaded Broadway before police arrested about 20 of them, with other rallies expected in Chicago, Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale in the state of Florida.

Workers slated to join include cabin cleaners, luggage handlers and other staff at O’Hare, LAX and Fort Lauderdale airports. However, flights were not expected to be disrupted.

In Florida the rally was also due to include non-union home health care workers as well as members of the Service Employees International Union.

The federal minimum wage stands at $7.25 an hour, but workers have won $15 an hour in a number of jurisdictions, including the state of California and Seattle.

Other states, such as Arizona and Maine, have passed laws setting the minimum wage at $12 an hour.

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