Police arrest demonstrators in organized fast-food worker protests over minimum wage

As fast-food workers across the country came together Thursday morning in organized protests to raise minimum wage pay to $15 an hour, police departments in Chicago and other cities have responded to some of the demonstrations with arrests.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, at least 19 arrests were made in Chicago alone as demonstrators blocked the roadway near McDonald’s restaurants in the Chatham neighborhood and in Cicero.

From the Sun-Times:

Hundreds of workers from McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Wendy’s and other fast-food chains walked off their jobs Thursday, including at the McDonald’s at 87th and State in Chicago, according to labor organizers of the latest national protest to push the companies to pay their employees at least $15 an hour.

This time, organizers said they plan to engage in nonviolent civil disobedience, which may lead to arrests and draw more attention to the cause. They also said home-care workers will join the protests, which are expected to take place at fast-food restaurants in 150 cities nationwide, including Detroit, Chicago and New York.

Fast food workers began protesting outside the Chatham McDonald’s at 29 E. 87th St. Rep. Luis Gutierrez is expected to join workers at a protest at the McDonald’s at 2827 S. Cicero Ave. at 12:30 p.m.

[Read the full story at the Sun-Times]