Workers protest in Kansas City for higher minimum wage

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Workers protest in Kansas City for higher minimum wage

"Their courage, bold vision, solidarity across race and gender, and vision for economic fairness have transformed what is possible for low-wage workers", writes New York City council member Brad Lander in the Nation.

NY police told CNNMoney that 26 protesters were arrested Tuesday for disorderly conduct.

The Fight for $15 movement is credited with pushing lawmakers into adopting higher minimums.

The state's lowest-paid workers plan to rally at the State House Tuesday for a higher minimum wage. They were among about 350 people at the rally. The protesters did not choose to comply.

"Fifteen dollars is just a number", he said. In many cities the protesters blocked busy intersections. The labor clash at O'Hare has been brewing for years between the Service Employees International Union, which is supporting Fight for $15 nationally, and Chicago's mayor, Rahm Emmanuel.

Fast-food restaurant workers and home and child-care workers rallied in cities including Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis and NY.

In a statement, MA organizers said, "In addition to the strikes, workers today are waging their most disruptive protests yet to show they will not back down in the face of newly-elected politicians and newly-empowered corporate special interests who threaten an extremist agenda to move the country to the right".

Organizers announced Monday their four-year national campaign for wage increases, workers' rights and health care insurance will include strikes at fast food restaurants and 20 airports serving 2 million passengers and mass civil disobedience in front of fast food restaurants. But it's an important reminder that organizing works-and we're going to need to cling to that thought and dig in if we're going to have a chance at moving any direction but backward.

The Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/2gt0RXq ) reports that dozens marched around a McDonald's restaurant shortly before 6 a.m. Tuesday before heading to a Burger King restaurant. Across the country, fast-food, airport, home-care and child-care workers, as well as adjunct professors, graduate assistants, Uber drivers and their supporters, will call for a wage hike.

Hopes of an increase in the $7.25-per-hour federal minimum wage were dashed earlier in November by the election of a Republican-controlled Congress, but advocates say they will continue to press for increases at state and local levels.

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